SC to hear Ayodhya land dispute case today

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the issues relating to the Ayodhya's Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case on Friday.

 

A notice in this regard was put up on the apex court website.

The notice pointed out that the matter will be heard by a five-judge Constitution bench comprising Chief justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer.

The matter will come for the first time, since March 8 order.

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.

The panel was asked by the apex court to hold in-camera proceedings and complete it within eight weeks.

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

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.

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