Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute to be heard on 14 March: SC

Supreme Court
Supreme Court

10 February, 2018

Other judges of the bench are Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer.

On his meeting with the AoL founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Nadvi said, "We held a meeting so that all issues around the matter especially that of Ram Temple and Babri Masjid are discussed and we look for a solution which sends message across the nation".

The Supreme Court has adjourned the politically-sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case to March 14 since documentation and translations are yet to be complete. "Once we start hearing the case, it will go on", the apex court said.

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.

On the remarks of senior lawyers on delaying the hearings, Justice Dipak Misra expressed "shock and surprise" at the suggestion, asserting that the judges were "not bothered about what's happening outside".

The state had also translated and filed depositions of 87 witnesses apart from the report of the Archaeological Survey of India (which carried out an archaeological study of the disputed site) and relevant photographs, Mehta said.

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In total the court is hearing 13 appeals that have been filed against the 2010 judgment of the Allahabad high court in four civil suits. "They want to assist the court in reaching a just verdict".

The decade-long Ayodhya case has taken many turns till now, since December 6, 1992, when thousands of right-wing activists knocked down the Babri mosque in Ayodhya saying it was built on a Temple marking the birthplace of Lord Ram which was destroyed in the 16th century. The decision, however, stayed in 2011.

The Ayodhya Sadbhavna Samnvyay Maha Samiti had made a proposal to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on the dispute.

A special CBI court had on 30 March, framed criminal conspiracy charges against senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders.

Appearing for lead petitioner M Siddiq, counsel Ejaz Maqbool, and counsel for Ram Lalla (idol), senior advocate C S Vaidyanathan, coordinated seamlessly over exchange of documents, English translations of extracts from books quoted in the suits and getting copies of two videos on the disputed site attached to the original records of the case brought from Allahabad HC.

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