Day-to-day proceedings in Ayodhya case to end at 5 PM today

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that it will conclude the day-to-day hearing in the politically sensitive Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case at Ayodhya at 5 pm today.

 

A 5-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi made it clear that it is hearing the Ayodhya land dispute case for the last 39 days and no more time beyond today will be granted to parties to conclude the hearing in the case.

“Enough is enough, this matter is going to be finished today by 5 PM," the bench said.

The bench, which also comprises justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, had earlier said that the hearing would be concluded on October 17.

The hearing in the politically sensitive Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya entered into the crucial final leg on Wednesday.

On March 8, the top court had constituted a three-member committee headed by former apex court judge F M I Kalifulla for exploring the possibility of an amicable settlement to the land dispute case.

Spiritual guru and founder of Art of Living Foundation Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, a renowned mediator, are the other two members of the panel of mediators.

On August 2, the five-judge Constitution bench taken note of the report of the three-member mediation panel, headed by former apex court judge FMI Kalifulla, that the mediation proceedings, which went on for about four months have not resulted in any final settlement.

On August 6, the Supreme Court had commenced hearing in the politically sensitive case of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya after the efforts to arrive at an amicable settlement through mediation have failed.

The bench was hearing appeals against the September 30, 2010 verdict of Allahabad High Court order.

Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits.

The Allahabad HC in its 2010 verdict had suggested a division of the disputed 2.77 acres of the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid land in Ayodhya-one for each of the parties the Nirmohi Akhara, the Sunni Waqf Board and Ram Lalla.

The Babri Masjid, built by Mughal emperor Babur in 1578 in Ayodhya and it was destroyed by a group of Hindu activists on December 6, 1992, demanding that the mosque was constructed after demolishing a Ram Temple. Since then, several hearings have been held in the Supreme Court to resolve the issue.

A group of Hindu activist claimed that it was a birthplace of ‘Rama’ (Hindu God in ancient history) and the Mughal emperors destroyed the remains of structure to build the mosque, however, the Muslims denied it.

Meantime, the district administration has clamped section 144 in Ayodhya as a precautionary measure.

As per the report, the prohibitory orders will remain in place till December 10 - four days after the Babri demolition anniversary.

Section 144 prohibits an assembly of four or more people and empowers the police to book people for rioting.

The order also restricts drones, unmanned aerial vehicle for filming and shooting inside Ayodhya.

The sale and purchase of crackers will not be allowed on the occasion of Diwali without permission of the magistrate.

As per the report, the administration has also demanded a large number of security forces to maintain law and order and communal harmony.

 

 

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