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Ayodhya dispute: Apex court begins hearing pleas against HC verdict

12 Août 2017

The Supreme Court said today that it will start the final hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute on December 5.

A three-judge Bench headed Justice Dipak Misra - who is all set to take over as the next Chief Justice of India after the present incumbent Justice JS Khehar demits office on August 27 - asked the Uttar Pradesh Government to hand over the translated documents in hard bound form to the counsel representing various parties.

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

The Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court in 2010 gave a verdict for the equal distribution of the disputed land among Sunni Waqf board, Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. The board told Supreme Court that the documents are in 5 different languages and require time to be translated.

Another sect of the Muslims under the banner of Shia Central Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh recently went to the court offering a solution that a mosque could be built in a Muslim- dominated area at a "reasonable distance" from the disputed site in Ayodhya.

This suggestion was strongly objected to by the Sunni Waqf Board represented by senior advocate Anoop Chaudhari and senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Rajeev Dhawan, appearing for some of the opposing parties.

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The 30-page affidavit assumes significance as it has been filed within few days of the apex court agreeing to fast track the hearing on a batch of appeals challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict on the land dispute in the case.

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.

He had also said that a separate petition had earlier been filed by him seeking enforcement of his right to worship without much hassle at the site. The Sunni Waqf Board tells Supreme Court that the translation of historic documents is not complete yet. The apex court reached on the consensus after intense deliberation for more than one-and-half-hours.

Interestingly, the Special Leave Petition - which challenged a 1946 decision of the Faizabad Civil Court - said the Babri Masjid demolished by Hindu Karsevaks in 1992 was built by demolishing a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

"Seven years after the Allahabad High Court said in a ruling that the disputed land be divided into three parts €" one-third to Ram Lalla, one-third to the Islamic Waqf board and the remaining to the Nirmohi Akhara.

Ayodhya dispute: Apex court begins hearing pleas against HC verdict