2018: February 8 – SC asks parties to get paper ready, says no new party would be allowed to join the…

February 8 – SC asks parties to get paper ready, says no new party would be allowed to join the litigation. Clarifies that it would take up the matter as a land dispute.

March 14 – SC nixes 32 intervention petitions, leaving only those parties who are part of litigation at HC. Again, offers opportunity for negotiation.

September 27 – SC turns down Muslim side plea to send Ismail Faruqui case of 1994 to a bigger bench. Muslim side’s plea is that HC 2010 judgment was influenced by 1994 SC observation that a mosque is not an integral part of Islam for offering namaz.

Supreme Court bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra delivers 2-1 verdict. Justice Misra and Justice Ashok Bhushan are of the opinion that Ayodhya issue had nothing to do with Faruqui case. Third member, Justice S Abdul Nazeer, says the issue be decided on the basis of faith.

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Dr. Jai Bansal is a retired scientist, currently serving as the VP Education for the World Hindu Council of America (VHPA)

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