FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 28 SEPTEMBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P6 SENSEX 36,324.17 -218.10 KAVANAUGH ACCUSER TELLS HER STORY QURESHI ADMITS MEETING, US SAYS IT WAS A HANDSHAKE DEMOCRACY’S TRIUMPH NIFTY 10,977.55 -76.25 P9 ` vs $ 72.59 +1 PAISA CONFIDENT INDIA EYE CROWN OF THE CONTINENT P10 GOLD 29,495.00 -155.00 P12 SILVER 37,550.00 +200.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 81.87 +0.53 SC ‘no’ to larger bench in Ayodhya case WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Rain/thundershower likely in some areas. Max-min temp will be around 34-27 degree celsius, respectively. Apex court will commence hearing in the main Ayodhya title suit dispute case from 29 October RAINFALL: 0.5 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 27 SEPTEMBER Max.94% Min. 67% Max: 33.2°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:28 hrs MOON RISES 19.52 hrs Min: 26.5°C (+1) SUN SETS 17:28 hrs MOON SETS 08:05 hrs TEMPERATURE Third quarter of moon on 5 October THUMBNAILS SC prohibits coercive action against Salman: The Supreme Court directed on Thursday that no coercive action should be taken in any part of the country against actor Salman Khan in relation to his bollywood movie Loveyatri , slated to be released on 5 October. T he Supreme Court today declined to refer to a larger Bench for reconsideration of its 1994 observation that a "mosque is not an essential part of the practice of the religion of Islam", setting the stage for its hearing on the main Ayodhya title suit dispute from 29 October. Ruling that its 1994 observation was made in the limited "context of land acquisition” during the hearing of the Ayodhya case, the apex court, in a majority judgment, asserted that it was not relevant for deciding the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. A three-judge Bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, by a 2:1 verdict, declined the plea of a Muslim group that this Ayodhya-related matter be referred to a larger Bench on the ground that it has affected the 2010 decision of the Allahabad High Court in the Ayodhya dispute case. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for legal Hindu Mahasabha’s lawyer Barun Kumar Sinha addresses the media after a hearing on Babari Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case at the Supreme Court, on Thursday. SNS representative of M Siddiq ~ one of the original litigants of the Ayodhya case, who has died and is being represented through his legal heir ~ had told the top court that the the Constitution Bench's majority observation in 1994 Ismail Faruqui case that a mosque is not essential for practising Islam was made without any comprehensive examination or consideration of the Islamic faith and its religious texts. The apex court however declined the plea to refer this matter to a larger Bench. "We again make it clear that questionable obser- Sunni Waqf Board’s lawyer Shakeel Ahmed Sayeed talks to the media after a hearing on the Ayodhya case at the Supreme Court, in the Capital on Thursday. SNS “We again make it clear that questionable observations made in Ismail Faruqui’s case were made in context of land acquisition. Those observations were neither relevant for deciding the suits nor relevant for deciding these appeals” JUSTICE ASHOK BHUSHAN WHO WROTE THE JUDGMENT FOR HIMSELF AND CHIEF JUSTICE MISHRA vations made in Ismail Faruqui's case were made in context of land acquisition. Those observations were neither relevant for deciding the suits nor relevant for deciding these appeals," said Justice Ashok Bhushan, who wrote the judgment for himself and Chief Justice Misra. Justice Bhushan also ruled that the apex court will start hearing the appeals challenging the 2010 High Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case from 29 October. This will be heard by a freshly-constituted three-judge Bench as Chief Justice Misra will retire on 2 October. Justice Ranjan Gogoi will then take over as the new Chief Justice of India. Both Hindu and Muslim groups have moved the apex court challenging the High Court's verdict by which its three-judge Bench, in a 2:1 majority ruling, had ordered that the 2.77 acres of disputed land in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid complex in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among three contesting parties ~ the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. The apex court has been seized of a total of 14 appeals filed against the High Court's judgment delivered in four civil suits in the hypersensitive, politically-charged Ayodhya dispute case. The third judge in the apex court Bench, Justice S Abdul Nazeer, gave a minority, dissenting verdict, favouring reconsideration of the issue by a larger Bench. Justice Nazeer said the larger Bench should decide, among other points, whether "an essential practice can be decided without a detailed examination of the beliefs, tenets and practice of the faith in question". He referred to the recent apex court's decision to refer to a Constitution Bench a plea challenging the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) among Dawoodi Bohra Muslims. He also reportedly said the questionable observation of the apex court's 1994 verdict had permeated into the High Court's decision in the Ayodhya dispute case. RSS hails SC decision NEW DELHI, 27 SEPT The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court decision to begin the hearing into the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case from 29 October. The RSS response came after the newly formed three judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Justice Dipak Misra decided against referring the civil suit on disputed place of worship in Ayodhya to a five-judge constitution bench and decided to begin the hearing in the long pending case from 29 October. RSS all-India Prachar Pramukh Arun Kumar, welcoming the apex court decision. "We welcome this decision and are confident that a just verdict will be reached at the earliest," SNS he said.
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