New Delhi, August 7: “Whether Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem… Has such a question ever arisen in any court?” Supreme Court judge, Justice S.A. Bobde, asked senior advocate K. Parasaran, lawyer for Ram Lalla Virajman, the deity in Ayodhya.
The query came during the second day of hearing in the Ramjanmabhumi cross-appeals filed by Hindus and Muslims contesting each other’s claims of ownership over the 2.77 acres in Ayodhya where Hindus believe Lord Ram was born in Tretha Yuga. The structure – Babri Masjid – which stood on the disputed land was demolished by ‘kar sevaks’ on December 6, 1992.
The Allahabad High Court attempted to resolve the decades-old dispute by giving joint possession of the disputed land to both Hindus and Muslims in a three-way partition among the deity, Nirmohi Akahara and the Sunni Waqf Board in September 2010. But the parties responded by filing cross-appeals in the apex court.
Parasaran submitted that references of disputed land is there in ‘Valmiki Ramayana’.
He said the usual strict codes of evidence should relaxed in this case as worshippers believe the spirit of Sri Ram pervades/resides in the Asthan. The unshakeable faith of the believers is itself evidence that the Asthan is the birthplace of Rama, he addressed the Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi.
. Parasaran argued, “The Asthan has become a personification of the deity. It has by itself become an object of worship for the Hindus.” The suit filed by the deity in 1989 was not hit by limitation as the installation of idols in the Babri mosque on the intervening night of December 22-23 of 1949 was not a “continuous wrong” as an interim injunction order was passed on January 19, 1950, which was again confirmed on March 3, 1951. The appeal against the injunction order was dismissed by the Allahabad High Court in April 1955.
The court had asked Parasaran to commence his arguments after Nirmohi Akhara sought more time to produce oral, historical and documentary evidence to establish their claim over the entire area of the disputed Ramjanmabhumi.
The hearing will continue on August 8. (TheHindu)