Babri Masjid cases reach final stage, Sangh Parivar jittery

With the four cases of Babri Masjid in different courts that are pending for the past 60 years, at the final stage of completion, RSS and its affiliate outfits are nervous and afraid that the verdicts of court may go against them and in case of such an eventuality, they are planning a renewed Ram Mandir construction campaign with a view to once again spoil the atmosphere of the country. An objective of this movement may be to influence the courts for their verdicts. An idea of the possible consequences if the verdict goes against them can be had from the statements of VHP leaders. A spokesman of the VHP about their plan of an all India movement for building of Ram Mandir said that in Kumbh Mela sadhus and sants had decided that irrespective of court’s verdict in this case, Ram Mandir must be built at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

Muslims and secular leaders are of the view that VHP and other extremist organisations are nervous and worried over the completion of the four title suits lingering in the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court because it is speculated that after this month (July) the Court will reserve its verdicts in the case and will announce it within the next few months. Hence, in order to influence and caution the judges and to spoil the atmosphere of the country, VHP and other organisations are conspiring to create a new problem. According to VHP sources, if the Court’s verdict goes in favour of Babri Masjid and against the Ram Mandir campaign, the government should enact a law in Parliament in order to invalidate the court’s verdict as was done in the case of Shah Bano and thus the way should be cleared for building of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

It may be stated in this connection that in the four cases pending before the Allahabad High Court’s Lucknow Bench about the Babri Masjid ownership, in three cases the process of hearing and cross examination has been completed. Since the arguments in these cases will be completed by the end of July, all the four cases which are being heard by a three-judge bench will be at their final stage by that time and thereafter the court will reserve its verdict.

Sangh Parivar’s decision to re-start the campaign for building of the Ram Temple is also connected with the court’s verdict regarding the ownership of the Babri Masjid land and this group is particularly apprehensive about the outcome of this case. This had been made amply clear by VHP’s spokesman Prakash Sharma who stated that when the Court will reserve its verdict in Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case, we would like to pressurise the court and will also tell the youths who were born after the 1989-92 Ayodhya movement how strong was this movement. Sharma’s statements are on the one hand clearly betraying the nervousness of the Sangh and on the other hand are pointing out the conspiracy and the dangerous plan of influencing the verdict of the judges through agitation and threat of violence. Under this plan, efforts are being made to restart the bogey of Ayodhya movement.