NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Thursday asked ‘Ram Lalla Virajman’, one of the parties in the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya, as to how the birthplace of the deity can be regarded as a “juristic person” having stakes in the case.
The apex court, which was hearing the case on the third day, said that so far as Hindu deities are concerned, they have been treated as a juristic person in law which can hold properties and institute litigation.
A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, however, asked senior advocate K Parasaran, appearing for ‘Ram Lalla Virajman’, as to how ‘Janamsthanam’ (birthplace) can file a suit in this matter as a party.
“Whether the birthplace can be held to be a juristic person. So far as idols of deities are concerned, they had been held to be a juristic person,” said the bench, also comprising Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer.