Downplaying the Supreme Court's judgment on the Ayodhya verdict, wherein it rejected the plea to refer the case to a larger bench, senior lawyer and counsel for Hindu groups on this matter, Harish Salve has stated that the apex court's hearing on Babri pleas 'has to be speedy'.
In an exclusive to Republic TV after the court's decision, Salve claimed the judgment pronounced by CJI Dipak Misra and Justice Ashok Bhushan wasn't a huge victory. He said, " It's not a huge victory, it's a short point on whether right away to refer a judgment to larger bench or not. We were strongly of the view that whole case has to be heard. They've not upheld or set aside. They've said we'll see as it comes."
On the topic of the dates being announced to hear the Babri Masjid appeal, Salve added,
"It has to be speedy given it has been pending since long. It needs to be resolved. The judgment was pretty much something which was going to happen."
Justice Bhushan, speaking also on behalf of CJI Dipak Misra, had pronounced that the case will not be referred to a larger bench, and the matter will only be treated as a 'land issue'. The three-judge bench of SC had given a 2:1 verdict, with Justice Abdul Nazeer gave out the dissenting judgment.
"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 while dismissing the need to refer the case to a larger bench.
After pronouncing the judgment on this matter, the SC batted for a speedy disposal of Babri Masjid pleas. "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," Justice Bhushan added.
With the top court fast-tracking the Ayodhya case, it is being speculated that the verdict could come out before 2019 Lok Sabha elections.