BCI Chairman Writes Letter to CJI, Requests to declare National Court Holiday on Jan 22 for Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha Mahotsav

Bar Council of India Chairman, Manan Kumar Mishra, has written a letter to Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, requesting the declaration of a nationwide holiday for all courts on January 22. This appeal is tied to the upcoming consecration ceremony of Lord Ram at the newly constructed Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

Scheduled for January 22, the Pran Pratishtha Mahotsav (consecration ceremony) will witness the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and various dignitaries. In the letter, Mishra refers to the Supreme Court’s November 9, 2019, judgment, which granted Hindus a clear title to the entire Ram Janmabhoomi. The court affirmed that the Babri Masjid area was indeed the birthplace of Lord Ram.

Highlighting the significance of this event, Mishra argues that declaring a holiday on January 22 would symbolize a “harmonious blend of legal processes with the cultural ethos of the nation.”

In simpler terms, the Bar Council of India is asking the Chief Justice to let courts across the country take a break on January 22. This is because an important ceremony is happening in Ayodhya – the consecration of the idol of Lord Ram in the new Ram Mandir. The Bar Council refers to a past Supreme Court decision that confirmed Hindus’ ownership of the Ram Janmabhoomi. According to them, making January 22 a holiday would demonstrate a good balance between following legal rules and respecting our cultural values.

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