The bench is headed by Chief Justice of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi & includes Justice S A Bobde, Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S A Nazeer.
At the Supreme Court hearing on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, one of the parties Nirmohi Akhara, told the bench Tuesday that Muslims haven’t been allowed to enter the disputed structure in Ayodhya since 1934 and sought control and management of the entire 2.77-acre land.
Senior Adv Sushil Jain, appearing for Nirmohi Akhara, says “I am a registered body. My suit is basically for belongings, possession and management rights.” He further said, “We were in possession of inner courtyard and Ram Janmasthan for hundreds of years. Outer courtyard consising of ‘Sita Rasoi’, ‘Chabutra’, ‘Bhandar Grah’ were in our possession and it was never a part of dispute in any case. I have been in occupation of the inner courtyard for 100s of years.”
Senior Advocate submitted that the plaintiffs have been wrongfully deprived of the charge and management of the temple.
Heated exchange took place between CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Rajeev Dhavan when Dhavan gets up in between to speak when CJI stops him and tells him to speak when it is his turn. Dhavan retorted saying he hopes so, CJI Gogoi responded saying “do you doubt that”.
“Mr. Dhavan please maintain the dignity of the court”, CJI Gogoi “Your Lordships asked a question, I answered”, Dhavan “There is a way to answer it, you are an officer of the Court”, CJI Gogoi.
Justice Chandrachud queried about the basis of the claim of Nirmohi Akhara. Ownership because of possession, replied Sushil Jain.
Sushil Kumar Jain cited judgments stating that a place cannot be considered a mosque if no prayers/ namaz is offered there. He submitted evidence showing that no prayers have been offered at Babri Masjid since 1934.