The Ayodhya land dispute case being heard by the Supreme Court should be referred to its larger bench as the issue was far more important than that of polygamy among Muslims, the top court was today told in a plea.
Petitions challenging the legal validity of polygamy among Muslims have been referred to the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, comprising its five senior-most judges.
Today's plea was made by senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who was appearing for a Muslim party, before a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which said it will take a decision on referring the case to a larger bench after hearing all parties to the litigation.
"The Ayodhya land dispute is far more important than polygamy among Muslims and the whole nation wants an answer," Mr Dhavan told the bench.
A three-judge bench of the Allahabad High Court, in a 2:1 majority ruling, had in 2010 ordered that the land be partitioned equally among three parties - the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
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