A DAY after the Supreme Court deferred hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said “sometimes, justice delayed is equivalent to injustice”. He said he was of the opinion that the issue should be resolved at the earliest. On the demand that the Centre bring a legislation to allow construction of the Ram temple, he said there are “other options”, and the best step should be considered.
“Ram Janmabhoomi se jo juda hua mamla hai woh mananiya uchchattam nyayalaya mein hai… Samay par mila nyaay… uttam nyaay maana jata hai. Nyaay mein deri, kabhi, kabhi anyaay ke samaan ho jata hai (The issue related to Ram Janmabhoomi is in the Supreme Court. Justice which is timely is considered the best justice. Sometimes, justice delayed is equivalent to injustice),” Adityanath said in a video released on his Twitter handle.
Asked about the ordinance route, he said a solution through consensus is the best option, but there are other options too, and the best step should be considered. “Sarvaanumati se ho, to sabse uttam. Uske alawa bhi, aur bhi option hain… In sab mein jo bhi uttam hoga, wo kadam uthana chahiye (If there is consensus, that is the best. There are other options besides that… The best step should be considered),” he said.
He said the majority community and those who want peace and harmony favoured an immediate solution to the dispute.
While stating that everyone respects the judiciary, he said people are disheartened when there is delay in justice. “Nyaay mein deri hoti hai to logon mein nirasha hoti hai. Is samasya ke samadhan ke liye humlog vyapak vichar vimarsh kar rahe hain, koi samadhan zaroor niklega… (If justice is delayed, people are disheartened. We are holding comprehensive discussions to find a solution to this problem, and there will be a solution soon),” he said, adding that an early decision would be best.
Stating that the state government had appealed for an early hearing, he said he wants the issue to be resolved as soon as possible. “Main chahata hoon, yathaasheeghra is samasya ka samadhan ho jaye. Kyunki Ram Janmabhoomi Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, mein hai… UP ke andar kanoon vyavastha, suraksha ka daayitva humare upar hai, aur hum log is daayitva ko nibhayenge (I want this issue to be resolved as soon as possible. Since Ayodhya is in UP, the state’s law and order is our responsibility, and we will fulfill this responsibility),” he said.
He also advised seers demanding early construction of the Ram temple to be patient. “Vipatti mein vyakti ko dhairya nahi khona chahiye, purey sthir man se aane wali kisi bhi chunauti ka saamna karna chahiye (In a difficult situation, a person should not lose patience, he should be calm in facing the challenge ahead),” he said.
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered listing of appeals against the Allahabad High Court order in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit before an “appropriate bench” in the first week of January 2019 to fix a date for hearing.
When Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government, urged the court to fix the hearing date on Monday itself, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi told him “we have our own priorities… whether the hearing will take place in January, February will be decided by an appropriate bench”.