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Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid row is purely 'land dispute' case: Apex Court

Bangladesh police charge towards activists of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party protesting the verdict against opposition leader Khaleda Zia in Dhaka on February 8 Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid row is purely 'land dispute' case: Apex Court
Nellie Chapman | 09 February, 2018, 03:01

Senior lawyers, including Kapil Sibal and Rajeev Dhavan, had contended that the civil appeals be either referred to a five- or seven-judge bench or posted in 2019 keeping in mind the sensitive nature of the case and its ramifications on the country's secular fabric and polity.

The bench, also comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer asked parties before the Allahabad High Court to file in two weeks English translation of documents exhibited by them. The same panel also refused the appellants' plea for day to day hearing.

Times Now quoted Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra as saying that poor citizens were waiting for justice, and 700 petitions in the case "can be disposed by devoting a few hours". The bench also expressed its reservation on hearing the matter on day-to-day basis and said, once the matter will start it will go on in normal course. We are treating it as a land dispute.

The top court was moved challenging the High Court verdict by petitioners M. Siddiqui represented by his legal heirs, the Nirmohi Akhara, the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board, Bhagwan Shri Ram Virajman, All India Hindu Mahasabha's Swami Chakrapani, the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, the Akhil Bharatiya Sri Ramjanam Bhoomi Punardhar Samiti and others. "What happened day before yesterday (December 5) was extremely shameful", Chief Justice Dipak Misra had said.

Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid row is purely 'land dispute' case: Apex Court

The bench also indicated that impleadment applications of those which were not before the High Court would be dealt with later.

This was challenged before the Supreme Court which, on May 9, 2011, stayed operation of the decree during the pendency of the appeal, and ordered status quo at the disputed site.

A civil suit for deciding the title of the property on which the Babri Masjid stood before it was demolished on 6 December 1992 had been filed before the high court. Books including Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana were submitted in the apex court on Thursday, along with 87 witness depositions. The court declined the request of Sunni Central Waqf Board for a day-to-day hearing while allowing parties to the case to file English translations of vernacular texts relied by both sides in two weeks before the next date of hearing on March 14.