SC Questions Swamy’s Locus Standi on Ayodhya

What is your locus standi, SC asks Subramanian Swamy, and refused to expedite case. On March 21, 2017, the court had, making oral observations offered to ‘mediate’ and resolve the issue that ‘was a matter of sentiments’.

Subramanian Swamy

The Supreme Court today turned down BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy’s plea to expedite the hearing in the Ayodhya land dispute case. “What is your locus standi in the case? We don’t have time to hear you now… we didn’t know that you are a party to case,” the bench told Swamy. On March 21, after it’s oral offer to ‘mediate’ on the issue, the Supreme Court had come in for widespread criticism. Reacting to Swamy’s over-zealous efforts to expedite the case and make political capital out of it, the judges said they have no time and adjourned the matter.

PTI reports that the litigant has objected to Subramanian Swamy seeking urgent hearing. Mohammad Hashim Ansari's son has written to the Secretary General of the Supreme court that Subramanian Swamy mentioned the matter before the Chief Justice of India without even informing the Advocate On Record.The son of one of the main litigants in the Ram Janam Bhumi-Babri Masjid land dispute has written to the Supreme Court raising objections to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy seeking urgent hearing in the case without informing all the parties concerned. Mohammad Hashim Ansari’s son has written to the Secretary General of the apex court that time and again the Rajya Sabha MP mentioned the matter before the Chief Justice of India without even informing the Advocate On Record including the lawyer who has been appearing for his father.
Ansari, one of the oldest litigant in the Ayodhya dispute, had died in July last year due to heart-related ailments at the age of 95. He was first to file the suit in the court of civil judge of Faizabad on the matter.

“It was reported by media that Dr Subramanian Swamy had mentioned the matters on March 21, 2017 for its day to day hearing before this court(Chief Justice of India). It is submitted that the above proceedings arise out of original suit and in none of the aforesaid suits Dr Swamy is a party….

“On earlier occasions also, Dr Swamy has made oral mentioning of the matter and despite request, has not informed the concerned AORs about the mentioning stating that he is not obliged to inform. Considering the sensitivity of the matter, I wish to place on record my objection to such mentioning of the matter by Dr Swamy without informing all the concerned AORs,” said the letter from Ansari’s son Iqbal.

Always a law unto himself,  Swamy said in his Tweet,  “Today the SC asked me if I was a party in the Ayodhya dispute. I said I had made clear that I was on Fundamental Right to worship issue. The judges said they have no time and adjourned the matter. In other words those who wanted delay succeeded. I will try another route soon.” Even ten days ago, Swamy had issued an ‘ultimatum’ to Muslims.

The demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, in full public view, even as security forces and policemen silently watched, has been widely acknowledged to have been the first act in democratic, secular India that shook the foundations of Constitutional Secularism. Senior leaders of the BJP, LK Advani, Murli ManoharJoshi and Uma Bharati were at the site instigating the crowds. They are facing criminal charges of conspiracy in a case that has taken years to proceed due to the high stakes involved. On September 30, 2010, in a controversial verdict (tw—one) the Allahabad Bench of the High Court had conceded to the ‘faith of the majority community.’  This controversial judgement is under challenge today and has been pending before the Supreme Court.



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