Monday, 23 July, 2018

Babri Masjid case: SC to start final hearing on 5 December

The Babri Masjid at Ayodhya was demolished by Hindu radicals The Babri Masjid at Ayodhya was demolished by Hindu radicals
Theresa Hayes | 12 August, 2017, 10:23

On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri masjid, the Supreme Court will start final hearing of the 13 appeals in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid case from December 5.

The bench made it clear that the parties would have to strictly adhere to the time frame fixed by it and that no adjournment would be given under any circumstance.

The court further said that the controversial 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya be divided equally among Ram Lalla, Sunni Waqf Board and Nirmohi Akhara.

Today, first all the records were translated into English for the court.

A person named Triloki Nath Pandey is the trustee who is pursuing the case on behalf of Lord Ram in the Supreme Court.

"To bring quietus to the issue, Masjid can be located in a Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from the most revered place of birth of Maryada Purushottam Sri Ram", it added.

The Uttar Pradesh government insisted that the court hearing begin soon and the parties could, on their own, translate the documents they intend to rely on as and when they require them during the hearings.

In 1992 a large "group" of Hindus demolished the 16th century Babri Mosque in the UP city of Ayodhya after a political rally at the site turned violent.

Counsel representing the Sunni Central Waqf Board and Nirmohi Akhara wanted the hearing to commence in January 2018 contending they needed more time to prepare their respective case.

Numerous original plantiffs and defendants in the matter including Mohd Hashim, who was the first person to take the matter to the apex court, have died.

Incumbent CJI JS Khehar constituted the special bench after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy approached the apex court on July 21 to seek an early hearing of the civil dispute between Hindu and Muslim organisations over ownership of the Ram temple-Babri Masjid land.

However, the ASG's statement evoked sharp opposition from senior advocates appearing on behalf of the Sunni Waqf Board and other parties. Swamy had said the main appeals against the Allahabad High Court order were pending for the last seven years in the apex court and these required urgent hearing. The affidavit, filed by Syed Waseem Rizvi, chairman of Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board, disputed the claim of Sunni Waqf Board, saying the Babri Masjid site was its property and only it was entitled to hold negotiations for an amicable settlement of the dispute.