The Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred the final hearing in the long-pending Ayodhya-Ram Janambhoomi case till February 8, 2018 after a specially constituted bench sat a day before the 25th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition, reports said.
Modi questioned Sibal as to why is the Congress leader linking the Ram Mandir case with elections. It said it had not issued any instruction to Sibal to seek shifting of hearing till after the general elections.
During the hearing, the SC rejected Sibal's plea to hear the Ayodhya dispute case after 2019 Lok Sabha elections. "Yesterday, in the Supreme Court, Congress MP Kapil Sibal was arguing (which is his right) for the Babri Masjid".
The High court, in 2010, had decided that the disputed land of 2.77 acre will be divided in three-way among the parties - the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara, and the Lord Ram Lalla.
"When the triple talaq matter was in Supreme Court, the government had to put their affidavit, newspapers commented that Modi will remain silent because of UP polls". Modi said while addressing a rally in Gujarat's Dhandhuka. "You want to keep the issue unresolved for political gain and losses in the elections?"More news: Cyclone Ockhi: Death toll 19 in TN and Kerala
However, Sibal clarified that he did not represent the Sunni Waqf Board, but one of the individuals in the case.
In the order, Sibal's name featured as a lawyer for the UP Sunni Waqf Board.
Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday questioned the Congress Party's stand on the controversial Ram Janmbhoomi matter. Modi asked the Congress. "The Congress should also clear its position", Shah said.
Though Sibal did not mention elections, it was apparent to all present that he wanted the court to hear the matter only after the 2019 elections to Lok Sabha. "It is our appeal to the soon-to-be-crowned Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is visiting temples in Gujarat these days, to clear his stand on the Shri Ram Mandir and explain to the people why is Sibal praying for a delayed verdict just when the translation work of voluminous court documents is over", he said. "They have also gone from Varanasi and Uttar Pradesh", Modi said, taking a swipe at the opposition party over their humiliating electoral defeat in the northern state.
"Can decisions be held to ransom for electoral gains and losses or should they be taken for the benefit of the entire country?"