“You will never let this country remain in peace. There will always be something.” These were the words of the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.
On Friday, the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi dismissed a plea which seeks permission to offer prayers at the “Undisputed part of the 67.7 acres land” in Ayodhya.
Earlier the Allahabad High Court imposed a penalty of Rs. 5 lakh on the petitioner which was also dismissed by the Supreme Court. Earlier also in a similar issue, another petitioner was fined Rs. 5 lakh for asking permission to offer namaz as such a disputed land.
In February in another plea, Subramanium Swamy, a senior BJP leader moved to the Supreme Court seeking implementation of his fundamental right to offer prayers at the dispute site of Ram Temple.
The Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid issue is a long standing dispute where the site is regarded by Hindus as the birthplace of Lord Rama, and historically locates Babri Masjid also. Now the question is whether a previous Hindu temple was demolished to create the mosque.
The Babri Masjid was built at this site in 1528 and it is said that one of King Babur’s General, Mir Baqi have destroyed a pre-existing temple of Rama and built this mosque. Many developments were there after and in 1989 the VHP laid the foundation of Ram Temple on the land next to Babri Masjid as per the permission from Rajiv Gandhi Government.
In 1990, L K Advani, the BJP President at that time launched his Rath Yatra to Ayodhya from Somnath and was arrested in Samatipur (Bihar). On 6th December 1992, ‘Karsevaks’ demolished the Babri Masjid.
Since then, several issues rounding the topic have knocked the door of the Supreme Court.