MHA announced formation of Ram Mandir trust which will be headed by K Parasaran
The office of the newly-formed Ram Temple trust will be set up at the house of two-time Attorney General of India and the lead counsel for the Hindu parties in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case K Parasaran.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Lok Sabha on Wednesday, announced the formation of the trust which goes by the name Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra. The notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs mentions, “…a Trust by the name ‘Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra’ has been registered with its registered office at R-20, Greater Kailash Part -1, New Delhi, 110048.”
According to the website of Supreme Court Bar Association, this is the residential address of Parasaran.
Parasaran, as the lead counsel for the Hindu parties in one of the longest running land dispute cases, successfully argued for the possession of the entire disputed land in the case heard by the Supreme Court. The apex court ruled in favour of the deity “Ram Lalla Virajman” on 9 November 2019.
During the hearing, the 92-year-old senior lawyer had told the apex court that it must do “full and complete justice” in all matters and added that his last wish was to finish the Ayodhya case.
Who is K Parasaran?
Advocate K Parasaran argued for the Hindu parties in the recently concluded Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute in Supreme Court of India Born in 1927 in Tamil Nadu’s Srirangam, Parasaran comes from a religious Hindu background.
During the years of emergency, K Parasaran was Advocate General of Tamil Nadu.
Parasaran represented Nair Service Society and argued in favour of a ban on entry of menstruating women in Sabarimala shrine. Supreme Court, however, pronounced a verdict against K Parasaran’s arguments.
K Parasaran is a Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awardee. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government in 2003 and the Padma Vibhushan, the civillian honour that is second only to the Bharat Ratna, by the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government in 2011. He was then nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 2012.
Parasaran is known for his staunch legal stance that remains unwavering even in the face of political pressure.
When he disagreed with Indira Gandhi government on certain legal points, he refused to represent the government in the court. He warned that he will resign if the government tried to force him to appear in court Parasaran’s family is full of legal luminaries. His father Kesava Aiyengar was a lawyer and a Vedic scholar who practiced at the Madras High Court and the Supreme Court. His sons Mohan, Satish and Balaji are also lawyers. Mohan even served as Solicitor General during UPA-2 regime.
K Parasaran was lauded when he waited for Advocate Dhawan, the lawyer who represented Muslim parties and clicked a photo with him after Ram Mandir dispute verdict in Supreme Court ex-Attorney General of India & an erudite Hindu scholar Described as the pitamaha of the Indian Bar Association, Parasaran is an erudite Hindu scholar and often has quoted from the Hindu scriptures in his arguments in the Ayodhya case.
Parasaran started practising in the Supreme Court in 1958. During the Emergency, Parasaran was the Advocate General of Tamil Nadu and was then appointed as the Solicitor General of India in 1980. He served as Attorney General of India from 1983 to 1989.
A report by News18 said, “Assisted by a team of young associates, it was Parasaran’s spiritual relationship he felt with Ram that kept the nonagenarian lawyer going. He worked on each and every aspect of the case before the hearing began every day at 10.30 am and after the day wrapped up at 4 pm or 5 pm.”
Besides, K Parasaran, here are other members of the trust, Jagatguru Shankaracharya, Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati Maharaj, Jagatguru Madhavacharya Swami, Yugpurush Paramanand Maharaj, Swami Govind Dev Giri Maharaj, Vimalendra Mohan Pratap Mishra, Anil Mishra, Kameshwar Chaupal, Mahant Dinendra Das.