Ayodhya hearing in Supreme Court: Appellant says important all exercise restraint

The Indian Express

The Supreme Court on Tuesday was told that the "Hindu side" was not exercising restraint in expressing their views on the sub-judice Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute. Referring to the statements of some pro-temple leaders, senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who is appearing for M Siddiq - an appellant in the suit who has died but is represented through his legal heir - told the top court that "it is extremely important that people should restrain themselves, especially the Hindu side. So far as the Hindu side is concerned, it has not observed restraint". Dhavan told the three-judge bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhan and S Abdul Nazeer that some leaders have said they would go to Parliament to ensure construction of a Ram Temple, which was "contemptuous and amount to pre-judging and pressuring the court". Dhavan assailed certain findings of the 1994 verdict of the apex court in the M Ismail Faruqui case - which held that ??a mosque is not an essential part of the practice of the religion of Islam..." and "accordingly, its acquisition is not prohibited by the provisions in the Constitution of India" - should be referred to a Constitution bench before any decision was taken on the main title suit.