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The Supreme Court has on today permitted BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to intervene in the pending matters relating to the Ayodhya title dispute with his plea seeking construction of Ram temple at the site of demolished disputed structure.
A bench of Justices V Gopala Gowda and Arun Mishra, said that it cannot separately hear the petition seeking direction to allow construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya at the site where the disputed structure as a matter of fundamental right.
"Tag this matter with the pending civil appeals. Let parties be served with the copies," the apex court said.
"A temple and a masjid cannot be considered on par as far as sacredness is concerned. A masjid is not an essential part of Islam religion, according to the above majority judgment of a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, whereas according to the House of Lords, U K (1991), the temple is always a temple even if in disuse or ruins. Thus, the fundamental truth is that the Ram temple on Ram Janmabhoomi has an overriding claim to the site than any mosque," Swamy claimed in his plea.
Swamy has also sought directions to expedite the disposal of several petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict of three-way division of the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya on September 30, 2010.
Swamy in his petition claimed that under the practices prevalent in Islamic countries, a mosque can be shifted to any other place for public purposes like constructing road etc, whereas a temple once constructed cannot be touched.