Ayodhya case pure land dispute, won't hear daily, says SC

Posted February 10, 2018

The Bench refused to pass any order but indicated that never did the court intend to conduct a "day-to-day" hearing. The bench, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer, however, made it clear that it would first hear the petitioners in the case and then intervenors like Subramanian Swamy and Shyam Benegal.

Referring to the Ram temple dispute, Nadvi said that their priority is to join hearts of people and strengthen the secular fabric of the country.

On Thursday, the three-judge Supreme Court bench fixed March 14 as the next date of hearing in Ayodhya case as some of the documents and translations were yet to be filed before the apex court. Accordingly a three judge bench of the Allahabad High Court, in a 2:1 majority ruling, had in 2010 ordered that the land be partitioned equally among three parties the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. Also it is to note that the Supreme Court will hear the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case as a "pure land dispute".

The petitions challenge 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict that allotted two-thirds of the 2.7 acre disputed land to Nirmohi Akhara and Lord Ram deity and the remaining to Sunni Waqf Board. "What happened day before yesterday (December 5) was extremely shameful", Chief Justice Dipak Misra had said. Depositions and statements of 87 witnesses had also been brought on the record. He also said that he respects the Supreme Court but the decision is getting delayed.

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The Bench chose to keep pending all intervention applications filed by those who were not parties to the dispute before the Allahabad High Court. He also reported to have said that the mosque can be built on an alternative land near the disputed site.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board today said the land dedicated for Masjid can not be sold, gifted or in any way alienated, reiterating its earlier stand on the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute.

On 30 March, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court framed criminal conspiracy charges against senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for the demolition of the Babri Masjid mosque in Ayodhya by a mob in 1992.

Advocate Ejaz Maqbool, representing some of the appellant Muslim parties, said they could not understand contents of some books produced by the state and, hence, English translations should be filed.