Won’t refer mosques not integral to Islam case to larger bench: SC

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Won’t refer mosques not integral to Islam case to larger bench: SC

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today refused to revisit its 1994 ruling that the government can acquire land that a mosque is built on -- a decision that means that the politically-charged Ayodhya temple-mosque dispute case can be taken up without any delay.

The Ayodhya case will be heard from October 29, the Supreme Court said.

In 1994, the court had ruled that namaz or prayers can be offered anywhere and a mosque is not essential. This cleared the way for the government taking over the land where the 16th century Babri mosque was razed in December 1992 by Hindu hardliners who believed it was built on Lord Ram's birthplace.

The ruling at the time was only related to the acquisition of land, the court said today in a 2-1 judgement, refusing to refer the 1994 decision to a larger bench for review. 'All religions, all mosques and temples churches are equal. We have already noticed all religious places are liable to be acquired as per 1994 verdict,' said the court.