Hearing in Supreme Court to start on eve of Babri razing anniversary

Ayodhya

The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Yogi Adityanath Government to get the 90,000-page oral evidence in the Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid case translated in 10 weeks and fixed December 5 to hear cross-appeals in the matter.

But the appellant counsel maintained their stand and said such practice was unheard of and suggested that the documents should be translated by an external agency.

A three-member bench, comprising justices Dipak Misra, Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Naseer, began the hearing at 2 pm.

As the Uttar Pradesh government pushed for an early hearing, the Supreme Court on August 11, 2017 scheduled the hearing of 13 appeals in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute on December 5, 2017, the eve of the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the 15th century mosque.

In 2010, the Allahabad High Court issued its judgement in the Ayodhya land dispute case, dividing the area of 2.77 acres among three parties - the Sunni Waqf board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. But with all senior advocates trying to speak at the same time, the court had a hard time in even fixing the schedule for final hearing in the most sensitive case that the nation has ever faced.


Mr Sibal brought to the notice of the bench that there are voluminous records, scripts and documents in seven languages, Sanskrit, Pali, Hindi, Persian, Arabic, Punjabi and Urdu which are to be translated to English.

There were near acrimonious scenes during the hearing as several advocates attempted to speak simultaneously and commented on each other. The Sunni board is clearly unhappy with these new developments.

The claim done by Hindus is that a mosque was built in 1528-29 CE (935 AH) by Mir Baqi in the birthplace of Lord Rama. It also supported construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site where a makeshift temple exits at present.

Hindus believe that Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya thousands of years ago. "Shia Board, having the jurisdiction and authority of superintendence over Shia Waqf, has come out with an appeal to this Court that in lieu of the one-third share of the land, they will be given land elsewhere for the Mosque".

However, the dispute has become more complicated with Uttar Pradesh's Shia Wakf Board seeking to become a party in the case. However, the CJI had later withdrawn his offer.

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