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Lawsuit of deity Ram Lalla not time barred as puja has been continuing: SC

The Supreme Court Saturday held that the 1989 lawsuit filed on behalf of deity Bhagwan Sri Ram Lalla Virajman was not time barred as its puja sewa continued even during the existence of disputed mosque in Ayodhya. The Law of Limitation provides for mandatory filing of a lawsuit within a fixed statutory time period after the cause of action arises in favour of an aggrieved person. The Sunni Wakf Board, which was allegedly dispossessed from the site after the attachment of property following the alleged placing of idols inside the central dome on December 22/23, 1949, had to file the lawsuit within 12 years of the incident. A five judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi rejected the fervent plea of Muslim parties that the lawsuit, filed by the next friend of the deity, was time barred as the cause of action started in 1949 and the lawsuit was filed in 1989. The top court, which upheld the specific finding of the Allahabad High Court that the place below the ...


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