We are in no hurry: CJI to Ayodhya case lawyers

Mr. Dhavan, in his characteristic style, described the ongoing submissions of senior advocate C.S. Vaidyanathan, for some of the Hindu parties, as sheer “hop, skip and jump”.Mr. Vaidynathan, at the point when Mr. Dhavan rose to voice his displeasure, was reading certain paragraphs of P. Carnegie’s historic sketches, describing the enduring religious importance of Ayodhya to Hindus. The CJI had also, from time to time, asked Mr. Vaidynathan to read some select paragraphs.Mr. Dhavan protested that the sketches should be read in its entirety and not selectively. He said what was being done was a “hop, skip and jump”. He said not a single exhibit or evidence had been placed so far by the Hindu side to buttress their claims of ownership over the disputed Ramjanmabhumi land.At one point, the CJI warned Mr. Dhavan that “this is going a bit too far” and had been happening since day one of the case. The Chief Justice said Mr. Dhavan can read through the entire text of exhibits and evidence if required and the court would fully cooperate. “If he [Mr. Vaidyanathan] has not placed any exhibit or evidence, that is his weak point,” Chief Justice Gogoi told Mr. Dhavan.
‘Place is deity’
During the day, Mr. Vaidyanathan countered the futility of a three-way partition and joint possession of Ramjanmabhumi among the Nirmohi Akhara, Ram Lalla Virajman and the Sunni Waqf Board by the Allahabad High Court in 2010.“The place [Ram Janmabhumi] itself is the deity. It is a juristic person. It does not have an owner. So there cannot be a joint possession of a deity. There cannot be destruction or division or alienation of the deity. Even the property of a deity cannot be partitioned. So, if a deity’s property cannot be divided, the deity itself cannot be divided…If a place is a deity, it continues to be so forever more. A deity cannot be mutilated,” Mr. Vaidyanathan argued.Justice D.Y. Chandrachud questioned the “world view” of many Hindus presented by Mr. Vaidyanathan with another. “There are two views coming across — one, as you say, the place itself personifies god. The other that the Janmabhumi is a place of worship. How do you balance both views?” he asked.Mr. Vaidynathan replied by emphasising on the “unshakeable faith and belief” of the Hindus that the place is holy.
“The place of birth of Lord Ram has become a deity by the faith of the people. The three-domed Babri mosque coming up in 1500s did not shake their faith in the sanctity and dignity of the Hindus’ faith. Besides, the Hindus’ right of faith was never taken away…”He said the mere fact that a mosque was put up would not make Ramjanmabhumi less of a deity. Even if some people come to pray (at the mosque) they cannot claim title over the deity.“The mosque was built during the Islamic rule. Hindus could not build a structure then. But the moment they got an opportunity they put up a structure and worshipped,” the senior lawyer argued.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/we-are-in-no-hurry-cji-to-ayodhya-case-lawyers/article29088596.ece

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