Kapil Sibal Representing Sunni Waqf Board or Congress? Sambit Patra on Ram Mandir Hearing
Tarikh par tarikh, tarikh par tarikh! Sunny Deol’s ‘reel life’ dialogue from the film Damini does reverberate in real life too. Date after date, the verdict has been awaited in the Ram Mandir issue. And the wait isn’t over. It started on January 29, 1885 with the first lawsuit being filed by Raghubar Das, the Mahant of Ram Janambhoomi against the Secretary of State for India in Council to build a temple at the Ram Chabutara spot. The Supreme Court has postponed the hearing in the case to February 8, 2018. On what grounds? On petitioners’ request for reasonable time to get all the relevant documents ready.
The biggest paradox is Kapil Sibal, who represents the Babri masjid side of the issue, appealing to be heard in July 2019 after the completion of the next Lok Sabha polls. Is Sibal representing the Congress or the Sunni Waqf Board? Because Sunni Waqf Board has nothing to do with polls when it comes to the Ram Janambhoomi verdict! The bench did take a serious note of the submission of Kapil Sibal’s appeal. Despite Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta vehemently opposing contentions that the pleadings were not complete. Despite his assertion that everything has been complied. Despite his affirmation that the cases were ripe for hearing. Why after next Lok Sabha polls? Because the atmosphere at present was not conducive as per Sibal?
Sambit Patra, while speaking as a panelist on Zee News on Tuesday raised a question whether Kapil Sibal represented Sunni Waqf Board or Congress. BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said, “This is a ploy by the Congress to link the Ram Mandir issue with elections.”
A couple of days ahead of the hearing, Kapil Sibal had been in news for his statement on Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he was not a ‘real Hindu’. The BJP retaliated, calling Sibal a ‘Rome Bhakt’. Later Subramanian Swamy targeted Kapil Sibal for appearing on behalf of Sunni Waqf Board in Ayodhya case by tweeting, “Kapil Sibal will be defending the claim of Sunni Wakf Board against Ram Mandir for fat fee. Some Shiva Bakhts!!”
It was in 1853 that two groups of Hindus and Muslims clashed over the Ram Janambhoomi site of worship in Ayodhya. A series of lawsuits were filed, the first by Raghubar Das as aforementioned. After independence of India, the first lawsuit was filed after 1949. Nirmohi Akhara, in the year 1959, claimed the disputed site by filing a lawsuit. In 1961, the Uttar Pradesh Waqf Board also filed a case in court seeking possession of Babri masjid. It was on September 30, 2010 that the Allahabad Court distributed the disputed land into three parts, giving each to Ramlalla Virajman, Nirmohi Akhara sect, and the Sunni Central Wakf Board, UP. But on May 9, 2011, this order was challenged before the Supreme Court and the verdict was stayed.