After a delay of seven years, the Supreme Court will on Friday start hearing a batch of petitions against the Allahabad High Court's order on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.

As per reports, the verdict is not expected anytime soon as the records to be presented in the case date back to the 16th Century and have to be translated from Arabic and Persian.

A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, who is set to take over as India's 45th Chief Justice on August 28 will hear the matter.

In September 2010, the Allahabad HC had given the verdict that Lord Ram was born under the central dome of the makeshift temple and Hindus have right to worship there. 

The court further said that the controversial 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya be divided equally among Ram Lalla, Sunni Waqf Board and Nirmohi Akhara.

On an appeal by Muslim bodies, SC had stayed implementation of the HC decision soon after.

In March this year, the SC had suggested that the matter be resolved outside of court as the case was sensitive. It had also said it would appoint a mediator if out-of-court negotiations fail.

On Thursday, the Uttar Pradesh Shia Wakf Board urged the apex court to mediate in the Ayodhya issue and suggested that a Ram temple be built at the disputed site and a mosque in a nearby Muslim-dominated area. 

The board, which is not a party to the Ayodhya title suit had lost a case over the disputed structure in 1946. Now it is seeking to reopen the issue, by urging the court to allow it to intervene and present its case in the title suit.