Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Final Hearings On Ayodhya To Begin In Supreme Court On December 5

Final Hearings On Ayodhya To Begin In Supreme Court On December 5

After a delay of seven years, the Supreme Court will on Friday start hearing a batch of petitions against the Allahabad High Court's order on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.

A Special Bench of Justices Dipak Misra, Ashok Bhushan and S. Abdul Nazeer said the contesting parties, including the deity Ram Lalla, U.P. Central Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara, the Uttar Pradesh government and the several legal heirs and representatives of the original parties, who have died over the years of litigation in various courts, can make their opening statements on December 5 and continue for two days in December before the court closes for Christmas vacation.

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.

Earlier this week, Uttar Pradesh's Shia Waqf Board, which claims the land but is not a party to the title suit that was decided by the High Court, said the new mosque could be moved to a nearby neighbourhood where Muslims are in the majority.

On August 8, in a major development in the decades-old case, the Shia Waqf Board told the Supreme Court that a mosque can be built in a Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from the disputed site.

"The documents need to be translated first and the translations have to be finalised before the hearing starts", Kapil Sibal said. On December 6, 1992, Hindu volunteers gathered at the site had demolished the mosque.

Their stand was strongly opposed by the counsel for Lord Ram Lalla and the UP government which said that nearly seven years have passed since the judgement of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court and the contesting parties should have completed the translation work earlier. The Sunni Waqf Board tells Supreme Court that the translation of historic documents is not complete yet. "We can't wait for translations", the bench said.

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.

In September 2010, the Allahabad HC had given the verdict that Lord Ram was born under the central dome of the makeshift temple and Hindus have right to worship there. Giving details, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said if the court will dismiss the Opposition party's plea than he won't argue, adding the court has chose to listen the opening argument on 5th December.

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