Friday, January 29, 2010

Government’s stand sought on plea for resolving Ayodhya tangle

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    • The Supreme Court Friday sought the government’s stand on a plea for reviving a 1996 order of the Allahabad High Court to help Hindu pilgrims visit the make-shift Ram temple at Ayodhya, built at the site of the demolished Babri mosque.
      A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Justice V.S. Sirpurkar and Justice Deepak Verma issued the notices to the central and the Utar Pradesh governments, seeking their stand within six weeks on a lawsuit by former union minister Subramanian Swamy, who also sought an early resolution of the Ayodhya dispute.

      Pursuing his lawsuit, filed early last year and pending since then in the apex court, Swamy pleaded to the court to allow Hindu pilgrims to have “darshan” of the idol of Lord Ram from close quarters.

    • “The devotees are not allowed to take even a pen” with them (for security reasons), said Swamy, adding “they cannot even perform archana (worship) and are allowed to witness the Ram Lala from a distance.”

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