Babri Masjid Demolition accused raises slogan “Abki baar antim sanskar”

New Delhi: In a move that could see the Ayodhya issue not decided before the Lok Sabha elections, the Supreme Court on Monday directed the listing of the Ram Janmabhoomi title suit for an appropriate bench that will fix the dates in the first week of January 2019 for the hearing of a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict trifurcating the disputed site.

“List the matters in the first week of January 2019 for fixing a date of hearing before the appropriate Bench,” the court said in its order.

During a brief hearing, a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice K.M. Joseph gave its decision on the petitions challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court ruling by which the disputed site in Ayodhya was divided into three parts — for Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and the original Muslim litigant.

“We have our own priorities. Whether the case will come in January, February or March, it will be for the appropriate bench to decide,” CJI Gogoi said as a lawyer urged the court to decide on the dates when the hearing on challenge to the High Court judgment will take place.

The listing of the matter for January could prolong the hearing in the case for a few months — by when the country would be in election mode due to the general election due in April-May 2019.

After the hearing, one of the Babri Masjid Demolition accused raised slogan “Abki baar antim sanskar”.

Talking to media, Shiv Sena’s Dubey who is the accused in Babri Masjid Demolition case alleged that BJP cheated Hindus. He also said, “in 2014, we raised slogan ‘ ab ki baar modi sarkar’, but for the next elections, we will raise slogan, ‘Abki baar antim samskar’ “.

One of the CBI witnesses in Babri Masjid Demolition alleged that BJP wants the matter to remain unresolved.

Meanwhile, Mr. Vinay Katiyar alleged that Congress is responsible for the delay.