New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swamyamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Thursday said that the Hindu community feels insulted by the Supreme Court’s “not a priority” remark on the Ayodhya land dispute case. The right-wing organisation added that the SC’s ordinance has caused anguish and pain amongst the entire Hindu community.

Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, on October 29 said, “We have our own priorities. Whether the matter will be heard in January, February or March, the appropriate bench will decide.”

RSS joint secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi, while addressing the media gathering at the end of three-day national executive body meeting in Thane, said, “Hindu samaj apne aap ko apmanit mehsoos kar raha hai. Is baat ki humko vedna hai (The Hindu community feels insulted and we are quite pained and anguished by it).” He added that the top court should decide on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue “taking into consideration the sentiments of the Hindu community.”

It must be noted that the Supreme Court’s ordinance disappointed many Hindu groups, which had hoped for a day-to-day hearing to start in their quest to build a Ram temple on the site where the Babri Masjid once stood and was destroyed on December 6, 1994.

Observing that the apex court has its “own priorities”, the CJI said the future course of hearing on multiple appeals filed against the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute will be decided by the “appropriate bench” that will be constituted.

“We will fix the date of hearing of the Ayodhya dispute case before the appropriate bench in first week of January,” said the bench, which also comprised Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and senior advocate CS Vaidyanathan, appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government and deity Ramlala respectively, sought early listing of the appeals in the case after referring to their long pendency.

As many as 14 appeals have been filed against the Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, which read that the 2.77-acre land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.