Hours after the Supreme Court gave out a historic judgment on the Ayodhya verdict and added that it is a matter that will only be treated as a 'land issue', Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev said that ' the disputes in the matter of Ayodhya is religious and not political and that Lord Ram is not a subject of politics'.
While addressing the media, Swami Ramdev said:
"For me, Lord Ram is my National identity and according to me, he is not a subject of politics. Lord Ram is our ancestor and I consider him as my pride and prestige. He was the king who renounced his kingdom, therefore, he cannot be made a medium to get the throne or capture power. Politics should not be done in the name of Lord Ram".
Earlier in the day, when Swami Ramdev was asked about the hearing on the Ayodhya verdict, he asserted:
"Our Supreme Court is very vigilant. Our Judiciary is righteous, therefore, whatever decision it will take will be for the benefit".
The verdict was pronounced by Justice Ashok Bhushan, who was also speaking on behalf of CJI Dipak Misra. The other judge in this matter, Justice Abdul Nazeer gave out the dissenting judgment.
Justice Ashok Bhushan said, "Every judgment must be read as applicable to the particular facts. Court can follow only logical reasoning. One of the main submissions was that the mosque cannot be acquired. The Ismail Farooqi judgment was in a specific context. The statement that mosque is not an essential part of Islam was on the basis that the mosque in question could not be acquired."
"The Supreme Court had said that unless the place of offering of prayers has a particular significance, the place shall not affect the right to worship. The statements made in Ismail Farooqi were in relation to the acquisition of that particular mosque. The constitution bench held that if a place is of significance, then demolition of that place will result in violation of fundamental rights. No exception can be taken to the constitution bench judgment. Observations need to be understood as observations in context of land acquisition and nothing more," pronounced Justice Bhushan.
Further, Justice Bhushan also added that the appeals for Babri Masjid will begin in October. "SC to begin hearing Babri appeals in the week commencing 29 October. The appeals have been pending for a long time and require speedy disposal.
The Supreme Court delivered its verdict on a batch pleas by Muslim groups on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute seeking reconsideration by a larger bench, the observations made by it in a 1994 verdict that a mosque was not integral to Islam. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer pronounced the verdict, which had reserved it on July 20.