Ayodhya case: Hearing concludes in Supreme Court, verdict reserved

The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict in the decades old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case in Ayodhya after arguments from all the concerned parties concluded.

The top court asked all the parties to submit written submissions within in three days.

As soon as the arguments in the case began today, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said that the hearing in the case will conclude today by 5 pm.

“Enough is enough. This matter is going to be over by 5 pm today,” CJI Gogoi said, after a lawyer asked the top court for more time for arguments in the Ayodhya case.

The day to day hearings in the politically sensitive case began on August 6 when the mediation process failed to find an amicable solution to the dispute and October 17 was fixed as the deadline for both the parties to conclude their arguments.

The top court is expected to announce a verdict before the Chief Justice leaves office on November 17.

The court earlier today witnessed high drama during the hearing as senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, representing the Muslim sides in the case, tore papers handed to him by counsel representing the Hindu Mahasabha.

The papers apparently contained a map illustrating the birthplace of Lord Ram.

On Monday, the Supreme Court resumed daily hearings after a week-long Dussehra break.

With the hearing in the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi – Babri Masjid land dispute case at Ayodhya entered its final week on Monday, the administration had imposed Section 144 till December 10.

Fourteen pleas have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court order, 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.