Hailing Supreme Court's decision to not refer the Ayodhya case to larger bench and begin a speedy hearing on Babri pleas from October 29, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has stated that it is hoping for a 'just verdict' on this matter.
The organization posted a message on its official Twitter handle, which read, "Today,the Supreme Court has decided to hold hearing on the Shri Rama Janmabhumi case from 29th Oct '18 by a 3 member bench. We welcome this decision and are confident that a just verdict will be reached over the case at the earliest."
Apart from RSS, many prominent individuals praised the apex court for their decision. Former Attorney General of India, Soli Sorabjee, in an exclusive interview to Republic TV said, "The decision of the top court is correct. It does not need to be referred to a larger bench".
Yogo guru Baba Ramdev hailed the SC, calling it as 'vigilant' while arguing that 'Lord Ram' should not be subjected to politics. "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," he added.
On Thursday afternoon, the three-judge bench of Supreme Court, in a 2:1 verdict, rejected the petitioner's pleas to refer the Ayodhya case to a larger bench. Terming the whole matter as a 'land issue', Justice Ashok Bhushan, who pronounced the judgment in concurrence and on behalf of CJI Dipak Misra, said,
"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."
Further, the SC also announced that a speedy hearing on the pleas of Babri will take place. Stating 'the appeals have been pending for a long time', Justice Bhushan confirmed that the apex court will start hearing the cases from the week commencing October 29.