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SC to begin hearing in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case from today

The hearing assumes significance in the wake of the rejection by a special bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, a submission by Sunni Waqf Board and others that the pleas be heard after the next general elections.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2018 11:34 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Ram Janmabhoomi‬,‪Babri Masjid‬,‪Ayodhya dispute‬
The Supreme Court has asked advocates on records (AoRs), dealing with as many 14 civil appeals against the 2010 judgement of the Allahabad High Court in the land dispute, to ensure that all documents are translated, filed and numbered before the apex court Registry.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

The Supreme Court is likely to commence from Thursday the crucial hearing on a batch of petitions in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case.

Thursday’s hearing assumes significance in the wake of the rejection by a special bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, the vehement submission by Sunni Waqf Board and others that the pleas be heard after the next general elections.

The bench, also comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer, had made clear on December 5 last year, that it would begin final hearing on the petitions from February 8 and had asked the parties to file the requisite pleadings in the meantime.

Senior lawyers, including Kapil Sibal and Rajeev Dhavan, had contended that the civil appeals be either referred to a five- or seven-judge bench or posted in 2019 keeping in mind the sensitive nature of the case and its ramifications on the country’s secular fabric and polity.

The top court had asked the advocates on records (AoRs), dealing with as many 14 civil appeals against the 2010 judgement of the Allahabad High Court in the land dispute, to ensure that all requisite documents are translated, filed and numbered before the apex court Registry.

The special bench of the apex court is seized of a total 14 appeals filed against the High Court judgement delivered in four civil suits.

A three-judge bench of the Allahabad High Court, in a 2:1 majority ruling, had in 2010 ordered that the land be partitioned equally among three parties – the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

First Published: Feb 08, 2018 08:49 IST