Supreme Court sets December 5 for final hearings in Ayodhya dispute

Ruben Hill
August 11, 2017

The court asked UP government to translate the evidence recorded for adjudicating the title suit into English language within 10 weeks.

After a gap of seven years, the Supreme Court today commenced hearing of the vexed Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.

The apex court passed the order after the Sunni Waqf Board informed it that the translation of historic documents related to the dispute is not complete yet. The decision in the case has been pending for the last 7 years.

A three-member bench, comprising justices Dipak Misra, Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Naseer, began the hearing at 2 pm. "Why did you not finish translating the documents", Justice Misra asked.

In September 2010, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had divided the site where the mosque once stood into three - two parts for Hindus and the third for Muslims. Issuing a clear warning, the apex court said that the time frame given is fixed for completion of the pleadings and there will no scope of adjournment in the case. He had requested the court for an "intervening opportunity" to get heard.

"In a written statement released on Thursday, signed by chairman Zufar Ahmad Faruqi, the Sunni Central Waqf Board said, ".The board never shied away from any negotiation, but any negotiation and any respectable and amicable settlement must be only between the original contesting parties with the active participation of central government". At that time, the Supreme Court had said that the case would be tagged with the appeals and heard in due course.

The board alleged the mosque was being looked after by the Shia community even since it was constructed but the British government had erroneously included it amongst the Sunni Waqfs in 1944 and it had approached Faizabad civil court in 1945 which had dismissed its claim a year after. On July 21, Chief Justice JS Khehar had agreed to take early hearing after a plea filed by Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy.

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.

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