The Apex Court, on Friday, agreed to give an early hearing to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case on a plea by BJP parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy. Swamy had suggested the matter asking for an urgent hearing in the case.
A bench consisting of Chief Justice of India JS Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said, “We are going to list the main matter soon. We will take a decision on it.”
Notably, the Babri mosque in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya was demolished by karsevaks, supporters of the right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), on December 6, 1992. This incident saw a massive outrage, probably the worst communal riots in India that left over 3,000 people dead. The Babri demolition case has been pending since 2010 in the SC after the Allahabad high court divided the land equally between Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Wakf Board.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court said fresh attempts must be made by all parties to the case for an out-of court settlement.
CJI Khehar had offered him self as a negotiator in the case saying, “These are issues of religion and sentiments. These are issues where all the parties can sit together and arrive at a consensual decision to end the dispute. All of you may sit together and hold a cordial meeting.”