With Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi being on leave, activist K. N. Govindacharya’s plea was mentioned by Senior Advocate Vikas Singh before Justice S. A. Bobde, who is also a member of the five-judge bench which shall decide the contentious Ayodhya matter.
Mr. Singh in the case opined that “The hearings can be recorded for the time being, even if they are not streamed immediately at this stage…”
“We are not sure if we have the requisite equipment. This is an institutional issue. It cannot be considered judicially…We can deliberate on this on the administrative side…It cannot commence from tomorrow…”, observed Justice Bobde.
Providing “virtual access to courtroom proceedings as they unfold”, the Apex Court had in September, 2018 opened its doors for live streaming of cases of constitutional and national importance, barring those involving juveniles, cases of sexual assault, matrimonial issues, being argued for final hearing before a Constitution Bench of Supreme Court.
Former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue K.N. Govindacharya on Saturday moved the Supreme Court for the issue.
After the panel headed by former SC judge Justice FMI Kalifulla submitted a report on Thursday about the mediation proceedings’ failure in resolving the Ayodhya dispute, the five judge Constitution Bench had on Friday decided to begin day-to-day hearings from August 6.
In the petition claimed that the ruling hasn’t been implemented yet.
Govindacharya, in the petition, said “this case is a matter of national importance. There are crores of persons…., who want to witness its proceedings before this court, but cannot do the same due to the present norms in the Supreme Court.”
“People were desperate for early justice in the Ram Temple matter, wherein Lord Ram was kept in a makeshift tent for the past many years…This matter has been pending in the Supreme Court for the last nine years, and the public at large is interested in knowing the reasons behind the delay in deciding the cases,” the plea also said.
The petitioner also states that the Constitution contains pictures of Lord Ram and hence, live streaming of Ayodhya case will fulfill “Constitutional Patriotism”.
“..considering the fact that the original copies of the Constitution itself detail pictures of Lord Ram. It is submitted that the live streaming of proceedings before this Hon’ble Court will also fulfill the mandate of constitutional patriotism.”
The bunch of appeals in SC is against the 2010 verdict of Allahabad High Court which ruled that the 2.77 acres of Ayodhya land be divided into 3 parts, with 1/3 going to the Ram Lalla or Infant Rama represented by the Hindu Maha Sabha for the construction of the Ram temple, 1/3 going to the Islamic Sunni Waqf Board and the remaining 1/3 going to a Hindu religious denomination Nirmohi.