Right wing group RSS’ leader Indresh Kumar Tuesday slammed the Supreme Court of India’s “three-judge bench… known to the public” for “delaying” a decision on the Ayodhya case, claiming that the government of India bring a law on the dispute butt has been silent in view of the Model Code of Conduct for the ongoing Assembly elections.
Ayodhya, a temple town in Uttar Pradesh, is on edge as the pitch is raised for the construction of the temple.
The disputed land’s issues revolve around access to a site traditionally regarded among Hindus to be the birthplace of the Hindu deity Rama, the history and location of the Babri Mosque at the site, and whether a previous Hindu temple was demolished or modified to create the mosque.
The Babri Mosque was destroyed during a political rally which turned into a riot on 6 December 1992. A subsequent land title case was lodged in the Allahabad High Court, the verdict of which was pronounced on 30 September 2010, in which the disputed land was divided into three parts.
He said if someone goes to the Supreme Court against the law that the government plans to bring, “it is possible that the Chief Justice will issue a stay”.
The RSS leader was speaking at a seminar titled ‘Janmabhoomi mein anyay kyun’, organised by the Joshi Foundation on the campus of the Panjab University.
Referring to the CJI-led bench’s decision to defer hearing on the Ayodhya matter to January, Indresh said: “I haven’t taken names because 125 crore Indians know their names… the three-judge bench… they delayed, they denied, they disrespected”. He questioned if the country was “so handicapped” that it would let “two-three” judges “throttle its beliefs, democracy, Constitution and fundamental rights”.
Indresh said: “Will you and I watch helplessly? Why, and for what? Should those who hear cases against terror at midnight insult and ridicule peace… Even the English did not have the courage to perpetrate such atrocities on the judicial process.”
“Is it not so serious? We saw the black day of the Indian judicial system when justice was delayed and denied by disrespecting the beliefs of people. Supreme Court did not do it. Judges did not do it. Judicial system did not do it. Justice did not do it. But a few persons,” he said.
He claimed there was growing anguish against “two-three” judges. “All are looking forward to justice. They still have belief… but the judiciary, judges and justice have been disrespected because of two-three judges… It should be heard early. What is the problem? Otherwise, a question arises: if they are not ready to deliver justice, they should think if they want to remain judges or resign,” he said.