Ayodhya dispute: Apex court begins hearing pleas against HC verdict

The Babri Masjid at Ayodhya was demolished by Hindu radicals

The Babri Masjid at Ayodhya was demolished by Hindu radicals

Hearing in Ayodhya land dispute case begins in the Supreme Court.

The apex court has asked all contesting parties to translate into English within 12 weeks exhibits of documents, which are in eight languages, to be relied upon.

The Supreme Court has constituted a three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra to hear a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case.

The court added that time frame fixed by it for completion of the pleadings is final, and no adjournment will be granted.

"What's the hurry? Service (of notice) is not complete". Explaining to Supreme Court, Sunni Waqf board says that the original historic documents submitted are in Sanskrit, Parsi, Urdu, Arabic and other languages and are not properly translated. They were supported by Nirmohi Akhara represented by senior counsel Sushi Kumar Jain. We have to examine the High Court judgement.

There were near acrimonious scenes during the hearing as several advocates attempted to speak simultaneously and commented on each other. The Shia board came into the picture in 1989 when it was impleaded as a party to the case by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

Briefly explaining the Shia Board's stand, Dhingra said that if the mosque is built in the one-third area, there will not be any permanent solution to the long-driven dispute.

The current Ayodhya dispute is a political and socio-religious debate in India concerning which religious group ought to possess the land.

Hindus believe that Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya thousands of years ago. "And halted here only for a week and it was during his regime the Janmasthan temple was destroyed and on its site a mosque was built using largely the materials of the old structure".

The RSS, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and BJP have been running a campaign for construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya. "Babur might have ordered Baqi to build mosque but it was Baqi who chose the site and having demolished the temple got the mosque built", the plea said. Many BJP leaders, including LK Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi, are facing a criminal case in connection with the demolition.

The board alleged the mosque was being looked after by the Shia community even since it was constructed but the British government had erroneously included it amongst the Sunni Waqfs in 1944 and it had approached Faizabad civil court in 1945 which had dismissed its claim a year after.

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