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Venerating the law

Supreme Court must ensure that 1992 is not repeated

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Supreme Court | Varanasi | Bharatiya Janata Party

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The recent controversy over the Gyanvapi mosque in is a big test for the Indian judicial system. The legal process that has been set in motion by a lower court in and upheld by no less than the Allahabad High Court last month contravenes the terms of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions Act) 1991 that was passed under the government. The purpose of this Act, passed in the high tide of the Ram Mandir movement, was to maintain the religious nature of a place of worship as it stood on August 15, 1947. Uniquely, the Babri Masjid dispute was excluded from this. Twenty-seven years after its destruction by religious groups, when a Constitution Bench of the led by then chief justice Ranjan Gogoi unanimously ruled in favour of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, that judgment made it clear that its verdict would not act as a precedent to justify communal mobilisations against other places. In other words, the Places of Worship Act would stand, in letter and spirit.

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First Published: Thu, May 19 2022. 02:16 IST

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