Writing for both, Justice Nariman took a stern view of the protests that followed the September 28, 2018 judgment that lifted age restrictions on the entry of women into the hill shrine, saying compliance with its orders was not an option.
Emphasising the importance of accountability in judiciary, he noted, “The institution cannot be called upon to insulate and protect a judge from actions which have no bearing on the discharge of official duty.”
The Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer overturned the September 30, 2010 judgment of the Allahabad High Court which had ordered three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres between the Nirmohi Akhara sect, the deity Ramlalla Virajman and the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board.
Ayodhya Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid Case Verdict: On Friday, hours before the Supreme Court notified the Saturday sitting, CJI Gogoi met Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari and Director General of Police Om Prakash Singh in his court chamber.
Ayodhya Verdict, Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid Case Supreme Court Verdict Today LIVE UPDATES: The Centre has been asked to frame a scheme under which the inner and outer courtyard will be given to the Ramjanmabhoomi Trust in three months.
Justice Gavai asked Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, who was representing Azad, if the state could not take preventive action, for instance in situations where there is apprehension of breach of communal peace.
Taking stern note of the “inability” of the Delhi government to tackle pollution, the bench warned the state’s Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev that “we will not spare your top boss if you don’t” take remedial action.
The matter had risen in the context of controversial remarks by then Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan on the July 2016 Bulandshahr gangrape case. Later that year, Khan tendered an unconditional apology to the Supreme Court.
In his October 3 dissenting judgement, Justice K K Sonawane of the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court said: “I did not receive any opportunity to go through the judgment authored by Senior Member of the Bench (Shri T V Nalawade, J.) nor the draft of the same was forwarded to me for perusal”.