This appraisal season, while you are still waiting for the good news in your inbox, guess who got the massive hike? It’s none other than God himself! No truly! In a biggest hike since 1992, the salary of Ram Lalla, the baby avatar of the Lord, has been increased from Rs 26,200 to Rs 30,000 per month. Not only him, the allowances of the priest of the makeshift temple and other staff have also been increased by the Yogi Adityanath government.
According to the Times of India report, the decision was taken by the Uttar Pradesh government recently. Satyendra Das, the priest of the makeshift temple used to get Rs 150 in 1992. But now, his allowance has been increased to Rs 13,000 per month. Ram Lalla gets a monthly salary to cover his expenses over outfits, prasad and arrangement at the makeshift temple.
According to the TOI report, after the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992, a priest was appointed by the Supreme Court to take care of Ram Lalla at the makeshift temple.
On December 6, 1992, the Babri Masjid, constructed at the disputed site of Ayodhya in the 16th century by Shia Muslim Mir Baqi, was demolished during a political rally, triggering an unfaltering riot. It has been alleged that the mosque was constructed after demolition of a temple. Though there are not enough evidence in support of the existence of the temple, it has been said that a massive Hindu religious building or a temple like structure predated the mosque at the site.
Meanwhile, the hearing in the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case could not take place in the Supreme Court on Monday due to unavailability of one of the five judges of the Constitution bench. The Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was scheduled to hear arguments of senior lawyer C S Vaidyanathan, representing deity 'Ram Lalla Virajman', for the eighth day. Minutes before the commencement of the hearing, lawyers on both sides were told by the court staff that Justice S A Bobde was unavailable today.
Besides CJI and Justice Bobde, justices D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer are part of the bench which is hearing the appeal in the case. On Friday, Vaidyanathan had told the court that a "massive" temple of Lord Ram, dating back to the second century BC (Before Christ), existed at the disputed site in Ayodhya before the construction of Babri Masjid.
Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre disputed land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties -- the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and 'Ram Lalla Virajman'.