Supreme Court declines to refer Ayodhya Case to the Constitution Bench, Final Ayodhya Title suit hearing from 29th Oct
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today held that the Ayodhya case need not be referred to a Constitution Bench. The Apex Court held that its 1994 judgment in Ismail Faruqui v. Union of India need not be revisited. With this judgment, decks have been cleared for the final Ayodhya title suit hearing which is expected to start from 29th of October. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) and Justice Bhushan will hear the case.
Today’s judgment was delivered by a Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer. A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court had reserved the verdict on July 20.
Justice Bhushan penned one judgment on behalf of himself and CJI Misra, while Justice Nazeer wrote a dissenting judgment.
The 1994 judgement of the Supreme Court (Ismail Faruqui v. Union of India ) 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.