VHP And Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas Criticise Delay In Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Title Suit Hearing

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New Delhi: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas have criticised the deliberate delay in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit hearing with the latter outfit blaming the Opposition.

The VHP, an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, said their “apprehensions that the opposite party shall raise any frivolous issues to secure an adjournment have come true”.

The comment came on a day the apex court set January 29 as the date for the constitution of a new five-judge bench after justice UU Lalit recused himself. The VHP has been demanding a hearing on a daily basis; they have also been pushing the government to bring a legislation for the construction of the Ram Temple.

“The objection that a judicial order should have been passed for the constitution of a five-judge bench is apparently frivolous; for it is settled that the Hon’ble Chief Justice is the master of roster. He alone decides the strength of a bench and the judges to sit in it,” said VHP working president Alok Kumar. The Nyas alleged the Congress and other parties were “hell bent” on delaying the case. “Earlier, it was Congress MP and lawyer Kapil Sibal who got the hearing adjourned last year. Today, it was another Congress supporter and Sunni Waqf Board lawyer Rajeev Dhawan who did the same thing,” said Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, head of the Nyas. Dhawan had pointed out that justice Lalit had represented former Uttar Pradesh Kalyan Singh in an earlier case.

“The Congress party does not want Ram mandir... It wants Ram Lala to reside in a tent till eternity,” said Sharad Sharma, VHP’s regional spokesperson.

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