The main and oldest litigant in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, Mohammad Hashim Ansari (94) was in news recently as he decided to withdraw his plea on the case on 3 December 2014. He has been fighting the case since 1959.
His decision came three days before the 6 December, the anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition.
Exasperated over the politicization of the issue, Ansari said that he was ready for talks with the Prime Minister for peaceful negotiations in the matter if he promises to ensure punishment to the demolition accused.
Meanwhile, the legal experts say that Hashim Ansari’s withdrawal will not make any difference as several others still remain as the party in the matter.
About Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute
The original title suit was filed in the Faizabad court in 1959 and the petition contested the placement of Hindu idols inside the Masjid complex. But the dispute took an ugly turn on 6 December 1992, when the mosque was demolished-leading to large-scale rioting across the country.
In 2010, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court had ruled in a majority judgement that there be a three-way division of the land on which the Babri mosque stood — one part each for Ram Lalla (infant Ram), Nirmohi Akhada and Sunni Waqf Board.
That High Court verdict was subsequently stayed by the Supreme Court which admitted appeals by both Hindu and Muslim organisations.
When: on 3 December 2014