Muslims may have offered prayers at the disputed Ayodhya site but that does not give them the right to lay claim over it, CS Vaidyanathan, lawyer representing the deity Ram Lalla Virajman, told the Supreme Court judges. CS Vaidyanathan’s statement before the top court was on Friday during its daily hearing into the contentious Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case.
CS Vaidyanathan also argued that the structure call Babri Masjid was never in the true sense considered a mosque in the backdrop of the fact that structure, pillars, motifs and inscriptions are primarily Hindu. At the hearings over the past few days, Vaidyanathan has argued that the Babri mosque was built on the ruins of the temple and it was wrong to say that the land does not belong to anyone.
“Just because prayers are being offered on a street (by Muslims) doesn’t mean a claim of ownership over it can be made,” senior advocate CS Vaidyanathan told the bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. Vaidyanathan told the judges that the structure was never in the true sense considered a mosque. “The images (inside the Babri structure) are contrary to Islamic belief - Islam does not have image in their place of worship, whether of a human being or animals,” The senior lawyer also placed photographs before the bench that he said, were taken in 1990. He has also cited Faizabad’s Commissioner report of 1950 which records that there were 14 pillars at the disputed site “with illustrations of Hindu gods and symbols