Ayodhya verdict HIGHLIGHTS: SC declines to refer 1994 judgement to larger bench, hearing on title suit on October 29
Ayodhya verdict in Supreme Court LIVE Updates: A bench-headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had reserved the verdict on July 20. The bench also consists justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer.
The Supreme Court today declined to refer the question that “a mosque as a place of prayer is an essential part of Islam” to a Constitution bench. The crucial verdict also paved the way for holding the hearing on title suit on October 29. The 1994 judgement of the Supreme Court had observed that “a mosque is not an essential part of the practice of the religion of Islam and namaz can be offered anywhere, even in the open”. The apex court’s decision today will be on a raft of petitions by a few Muslim groups challenging this 1994 judgement.
A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer had reserved the verdict on July 20.
M Siddiq, who was one of the original litigants in the case, had criticised certain findings of the 1994 verdict in the case of M Ismail Faruqui holding that a mosque was not integral to the prayers offered by the followers of Islam. Siddiq has passed away since and his legal heir are now representing him in the case. A few Muslim groups had argued that the observation of the 1994 verdict needed to be considered as “it had and will have a bearing” on the Babri Masjid-Ram Temple land dispute case”.