Daily hearings in the politically-sensitive Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya ended Wednesday evening amidst high drama by the concerned parties in the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court has reserved its order on the 134-year-old land dispute case.
Concluding the arguments, the apex court said that the rest of the submissions can be made in written form in the next three days.
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had at the start of the day said that the Ayodhya hearing will end today and asked the parties to conclude their arguments in the Ayodhya land dispute case by 5 pm. Today was the 40th day of hearing in the case.
Dismissing an intervention application of the Hindu Maha Sabha in the case, CJI Gogoi said, “This matter is going to be over by 5 pm today. Enough is enough”.
On the final day of the hearing, the Hindu parties were allocated initial 45 minutes followed by one hour to Muslim side, and then four slots of 45 minute each to assorted parties involved in the matter.
As the 40th day of hearing began, the Supreme Court witnessed high drama as a senior lawyer tore up the papers maps handed over to him, upsetting the judges.
Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan appearing for the Muslim Waqf Board tore up a map handed over to him by counsel of All India Hindu Mahasabha.
Dhavan was objecting to All India Hindu Mahasabha’s counsel Vikas Singh seeking to place an alleged historic map of the Ram Janmabhoomi site before the Constitution Bench.
Singh had cited an Oxford University publication, ‘Ayodhya Revisited’, by former IPS officer Kishore Kunal, to prove the pre-existence of the Ram Temple.
Infuriated with the actions, CJI Ranjan Gogoi said, “Decorum has been spoiled, we will walk out”.
The court is expected to announce a verdict in the 134-year-old title suit before the Chief Justice leaves office on November 17.
The daily hearing on the matter commenced on August 6. Fourteen appeals have been filed in the top court against the Allahabad High Court order, which partitioned the 2.77-acre disputed land equally among Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
The apex court began daily hearings after a court-appointed panel failed to find a solution through mediation.