After a gap of 7 years, SC begins hearing Ram Temple case


The court has set 5th of December as the date on which it will begin final hearings in the case.

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.

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy's intervention plea in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute was opposed in the Supreme Court by several parties on the ground that he had no locus standi (right or capacity to appear) in the title suit.

On August 8, the Uttar Pradesh's Shia Central Waqf Board told the Supreme Court that a mosque can be built near Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

The bench, which also comprised Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, fixed the date after Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Uttar Pradesh, and the state's Advocate General Raghavendra Singh agreed to get almost 90,000 pages of oral evidence translated so as to expedite the hearing.

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The top court in relation to this stated that the period fixed for the completion is final and that it will not grant any further adjournment.

"What's the hurry? Service (of notice) is not complete". "I know what documents I have to rely on and I will get them translated", Mehta said. While the minority community appellants were represented by senior advocates Kapil Sibal, Rajeev Dhavan and Anoop George Chaudhari, Nirmohi Akhara was present through senior advocate Sushil Jain.

One such scene was created when Advocate MC Dhingra Rose to speak on behalf of the Shia Central Waqf Board which has sought to replace the Sunni Central Waqf Board as a party to the case.

The Shia board on the other hand said that Abdul Mir Baqi who built the Babri Mosque was a Shia. It also supported construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site where a makeshift temple exits at present. During Mughal emperor Babar's rule, a mosque was constructed at the place in 1528 after destroying the temples existing there. Many BJP leaders, including LK Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi, are facing a criminal case in connection with the demolition.

In a 30-page affidavit, filed on Tuesday, the Shia Waqf Board asserted that the Babri Masjid site was its property and only it was entitled to hold negotiations for an amicable settlement of the dispute. However, the CJI had later withdrawn his offer.