The Supreme Court is scheduled to take up a batch of petitions in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case for hearing on January 4. The matter is listed before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul. The bench is likely to constitute a three-judge bench for hearing as many as 14 appeals filed against the Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77 acre land be partitioned equally among three parties -- the Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
One of the PILs questioned the delay in adjudication of the Ayodhya matter and requested the court to hear the matter on an urgent basis and in a time bound manner.
The BJP is of the view that the Supreme Court should hear the Ram temple land dispute case on a daily basis to deliver an early judgment, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said Monday.
"Our wish is that there should be a daily hearing on that matter so that we have an early judgment," he said responding to a question on the issue.
Hindutva groups have been pressing the government to bring a law to pave way for the temple's construction in Ayodhya without waiting for the court's verdict ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Ally Shiv Sena even held a mass gathering in Ayodhya last month and often takes potshots at the BJP on the issue. The BJP has so far not made its position clear on the demand for a law.
Declining an urgent hearing, the Supreme Court has fixed the politically sensitive issue for the first week of January before an "appropriate bench" and left a decision on the timeline to it.
On Monday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray also slammed the government for the delay in the construction of the Ram Temple. “It has been been 30 years and still you say that matter is in the court. Hindus are innocent but not fools. Let there be a discussion in Parliament on the Ram temple issue, who are in your favour on this issue among the NDA will be clear,” he said while addressing a congregation of religious leaders in the temple town of Pandharpur in Maharashtra.