After 40 days, SC reserves judgement on Ayodhya case, allows written submission till Oct 19
New Delhi, Oct 16: The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its judgement in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case after hearing arguments from all the concerned parties. The hearing for the Ayodhya land dispute case went on for 40 days.
A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi heard the case. The SC has been hearing the matter on a daily basis for 40 days.
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Important facts about the Ayodhya Case:
The deadline to conclude the hearing is October 18. October 17 would be the last day for wrapping up the hearing when the parties will have to make the final arguments.
Fourteen appeals have been filed in the top court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties -- the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
The dispute involves 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya, which right-wing activists believe was the birthplace of the Lord Ram.
A 16th Century mosque - said to have been built by the Mughal Emperor Babur -- which stood at the spot was razed in December 1992 by right-wing activists who believed that a temple had to make way for it.
In the current lawsuit, the Nirmohi Akhara entered the scene in 1959 when a Faizabad local court was hearing the matter on a petition filed by Gopal Das Visharad, a devotee of Lord Ram in 1950.
In 1961, the Sunni Waqf Board became a party claiming title of the disputed land in Ayodhya.
Ram Lalla became a legal party in the current title suit only in 1989 when former Allahabad High Court judge Deoki Nandan Agrawal moved the high court as "next friend" of Lord Ram. In the same petition, the Janambhoomi (the birthplace) became a separate entity and sought title right over the entire disputed property.