SC concludes hearing in Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute, reserves judgement


The future of a site that has sparked thousands of deaths in inter-religious violence is set to be decided in coming weeks after India's top court wrapped up hearings in one of the country's longest-running cases. The SC bench is expected to announce the verdict before the CJI demits office on November 17.

The Hindu Mahasabha wanted to corroborate this with other documents.

On the final day of the hearing, the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who heads the five-judge bench hearing the case, had allocated initial 45 minutes to Hindu parties followed by one hour to Muslim side, and then four slots of 45 minute each to assorted parties involved in the matter.

Hindu parties, which argued for 17 days at the start of hearing, submitted that as the deity and birth place were the juridical persons, they had the title over the entire 2.77 acre disputed land and any division of property would amount to mutilation of deity itself. Dhavan had then asked the Constitution bench as to what he should do with the map. "But the fact is that I wanted to throw the pages away and the CJI said I may tear them".

After 18 years of the demolition, the Allahabad High Court, in 2010, directed that the disputed land be divided equally between the three parties - the 'Nirmohi Akhada, Ram Lalla and Sunni Waqf Board - fighting for its possession.

There is a possibility that the Supreme Court's verdict, likely next month, will reflect the points in the mediation report. The Constitution bench subsequently held daily hearings from August.

A large section of Hindus believes the 16th century mosque, Babri Masjid, was built over a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Ram, whose birthplace is also considered to be at the site. Dhavan had created a flutter in the packed courtroom on Wednesday when he tore the pictorial map provided by senior lawyer Vikas Singh, representing AIHM. According to Führer, Mir Khan built the Babri mosque after demolishing the "Janmasthanam" temple in 1523, according to news agency PTI. The plea was later withdrawn. "But for Hindus, it is the birth place of Lord Ram.we can't change the birthplace".

Further, the Supreme Court had the same day directed the Uttar Pradesh government to provide security to UP Sunni Waqf Board chairman Zufar Ahmad Farooqui.