On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled the Ayodhya Verdict will be fast-tracked to October 29 by a three-judge Constitution Bench.
In a historic judgement the SC declined to refer to a five-judge Constitution Bench to address the issue of whether Mosques are integral to Islam. Muslim groups had earlier petitioned against the 2010 judgement by Allahabad High Court and had filed a plea seeking reconsideration by a larger bench.
Reacting to the same the 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".
As per the 2010 verdict, ordered by a three-judge Bench of the High Court, the 2.77 acres of land be partitioned equally among the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
Justice Ashok Bhushan, said it had to found the context in which the five-judge Bench delivered the 1994 judgement.
He said the earlier finding that a mosque is integral to Islam was made in the context of land acquisition and all religions have to be respected equally by the State.
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.
The verdict that was pronounced by Justice Ashok Bhushan, who was speaking on behalf of Chief Justice Of India (CJI) Dipak Misra stated the issue will be treated as a 'land issue'.
Justice Bhushan stated that the appeals for Babri Masjid will begin on October 29. "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."
Soli Sorabjee, is an Indian jurist and Padma Vibhushan award winner for his defense of the freedom of expression and the protection of human rights. The top jurist has previously held several offices in organisations of national and international dispute.