NEW DELHI: K Parasaran, the 93-year-old Supreme Court lawyer who represented Hindu parties in the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid dispute, and his family could hardly contain their emotions on Wednesday as their three-storeyed house in Delhi’s Greater Kailash-1 was declared the office of the newly formed trust that would oversee the mandir’s construction on a 67-acre land in Ayodhya. “I’m just one of the trustees. There are others,” he smiled.
There are 15 trustees in all for the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Khsetra Trust. Parasaran’s lawyer son Mohan told TOI, “We are of course happy. But at the same time, it is a very onerous responsibility. My father has been involved in the Ayodhya matter since 1991. He, after deep thought, accepted this offer. The offer was made by the home ministry. With his experience, he will be able to manage the Trust aided by very able and distinguished trustees.” Even as Mohan spoke, Parasaran Sr went into a huddle with his team of lawyers as they discussed the upcoming hearing on the Sabarimala temple entry case that is listed in SC for Thursday. Their house, R 20 in Greater Kailash 1, buzzed with activity as his personal aide for 33 years, Muthuswami, answered the phone that rang relentlessly. Inside the house, framed photographs of Lord Ventakeshwara, Ram and Ganesha adorned the walls lined below by an extensive collection of law books and small plaques. Among them hung the Padma Bhushan citation that he received from then President A PJ Abdul Kalam in 2003. Mohan said the family would be happy to host meetings of the Trust at their house. “Meetings can be held here or in Ayodhya,” he said.
As several paramilitary and police personnel gathered on the road below, Mohan clarified that the security was not for his father. “He has never wanted security. He shunned security even he was attorney general in Tamil Nadu.” VHP functionaries, who had recently honoured Parasaran and 32 other lawyers involved in the case at a ceremony in Ayodhya, insisted they were not disappointed at being left out from the 15member trust.
“It (the group of trustees) is non-controversial. There is no disappointment. We are overwhelmed by this decision. Parasaran ji and his team members were honoured by us at a grand ceremony. We welcome the decision,” VHP vice-president Champat Rai told TOI.

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