- Appeal for seven-judge bench to hear the Ayodhya case has been declined by the Supreme Court.
- The main dispute is related to the question of, “if a mosque as a place of prayer is an essential part of Islam”.
- Supreme Court, in 1994 judgment in the Ismail Faruqui case has stated a mosque is not an essential part of the practice of the religion of Islam and namaz (prayer) by Muslims can be offered anywhere, even in open.
- Demand for referring the case to the larger bench arose because:
- The case involves the study of tenets, beliefs, and doctrines to decide what is essential for a religion and what is not.
- To review the fundamental right against discrimination under Article 15 (The issue involving fundamental rights is always decided by seven-judges bench or more).
- To ensure protection guaranteed to practice, profess and propagate religion in Articles 25 and 26 under the Constitution.
- The two-judge majority opinion has fixed the date for the hearing as October 29, a development that may be a final verdict.