An attempt to advance a Supreme Court hearing on the Ayodhya temple-mosque dispute failed today as two judges refused an urgent hearing, saying “permission declined”. The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, a right-wing organisation, had petitioned the top court to take up the Ayodhya case earlier than January.
“We have already passed the order. The appeals are coming up in January. Permission declined,” said Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. Last month, the Supreme Court had said in a four-minute hearing that the case would be heard in January.
“We have our own priorities,” Chief Justice Gogoi had said, rejecting the Uttar Pradesh government’s argument that it was a 100-year-old dispute that should be taken up on priority.