Ayodhya Case: Hearing End, Verdict Reserved


The daily hearings in the temple-mosque dispute in Ayodhya came to an end finally after a long hearing of 40 days with the Supreme Court. The verdict in the case is expected to come before November 17 reportedly. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who is leading the constitution bench of five judges might retire before November 17 which has pushed the verdict date ahead.

The attempts made by the judges to sort out the case through mediations were failed. The timing of the hearings was been expanded and the advocated were criticized for prolonging it.

After a lawyer has asked the Supreme Court to grant some more time for arguments, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi declared Enough is enough and said they would finish the hearing by 5 pm. Earlier, Justice Gogoi said that in this hectic schedule there won’t be time even to write the judgment.

On the last day of the hearing, some dramatic moments took place as the lawyer representing the Muslim petitioners, tore up a map and endless interruptions has infuriated the judges.

Rajeev Dhavan who is representing the Muslim petitioners and the Sunni Waqf Board in the title suit tore up a pictorial map showing the Ram Janmasthan after asking the permission of the court.

Chief Justice has threatened to walk out with the interruptions coming from both sides.

After the mediation proceedings failed to seek a solution in this case the five-judge Constitution began day-to-day proceedings on August 6th. The Supreme Court has resumed its daily hearings after the one week Dussehra holidays.

The Muslim respondents said that until 1989 there was no claim for the title of the land in Ayodhya by Hindus. They have asked for the restoration of the Babri Masjid which was stood before being demolished in December 1992.

Fourteen appeals have been filed in the supreme court against the judgment given by the Allahabad High Court in 2010. The Allahabad High court gave a judgment that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya should be partitioned equally among the three parties-the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

According to the beliefe of the majority of Hindus, the land was the birthplace of Lord Ram and a mosque was built after the temple was demolished. The Babri mosque was demolished by the right-wing activists in December 1992. This demolition sparkled Hindu-Muslim riots in the country.

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