Supreme Court reserves judgment after second-longest hearing in history
The Supreme Court has reserved its judgment in the Ayodhya case. The SC reserved the ruling in the Ayodhya title dispute case after the arguments from both the sides concluded. The Chief Justice of India (CJI), Ranjan Gogoi had set 5 pm deadline for the conclusion of the arguments. However, the arguments ended an hour before the set deadline.
The judgment has been reserved after a 40-day hearing in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute, the second-longest in the Supreme Court’s history. The court has directed both the disputing parties to submit all the written submissions and moulding of reliefs within three days.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court had made it clear that it will conclude today the day-to-day hearing in the politically sensitive Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case at Ayodhya, saying “enough is enough”.
A 5-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had said that it is hearing the Ayodhya land dispute case for the last 39 days and no more time beyond today will be granted to parties to conclude the hearing in the case.
During the hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute, the Sunni Waqf Board and other Muslim litigants failed to prove that Mughal emperor Babur constructed the mosque at the disputed Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya, senior advocate C S Vaidyanathan, appearing for the Hindu party, told the Supreme Court.
The senior advocate further said that if the Muslim side claimed title over the disputed land under the doctrine of “adverse possession” then they will have to accept that the deity of the temple was the previous real owner.
“They cannot claim the benefit of adverse possession. If they claim so then they will have to show the ouster of the prior owner that is a temple or the deity in this case,” Vaidyanathan told the bench.
Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who represented the Muslim parties in the Ram-Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, tore up a pictorial map showing the exact birthplace of Lord Ram during the hearings in the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
The reference to the pictorial map showing the exact birthplace of Lord Ram at the disputed site in Ayodhya by Senior advocate Vikas Singh, representing the All India Hindu Mahasabha, was objected to by Dhavan.
The senior advocate then asked the bench as to what he should do with it, to which the bench said that he can shred it into pieces. Dhavan then tore the pictorial map, provided by the counsel for All India Hindu Mahasabha, in the courtroom.