Final hearing on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute will start December 5

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 12, 2017

The bench, also comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer, asked the Uttar Pradesh government to complete within 10 weeks the translation of the evidence recorded for adjudication of the title dispute in the high court into English.

Nearly seven years after the Allahabad High Court's September 30, 2010 order dividing the 2.7-acre disputed land at the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site equally between Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Waqf Board, the Supreme Court is scheduled to take up cross-appeals on August 11.

A specially constituted bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, also directed contesting parties to translate their historical documents in English within 12 weeks since these were in eight different languages. An earlier apex court order had ordered that the papers be translated and digitised because it proceeds with its final hearing in the matter.

It came just a few days after the apex court agreed to fast track the proceedings on a string of appeals, challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict on the land dispute in the case.

Senior advocates Kapil Sibal, Rajeev Dhawan, Anoop Chaudhauri and others, representing the Muslim groups, strongly opposed the fixing of date for hearing, saying translation of the voluminous documents of Hindi, Urdu, Persian, Arabian, Sanskrit, Pali and Gurmukhi, were yet to be done. This has simplified a major portion of the case and the Supreme Court shall be able to finalize its decision when the final hearing begins on December 5. Mr. Sibal and Mr. Dhawan said the documents needed to be translated first and the translations have to be finalised before the hearings start. Mehta supported the intervention plea of Swamy and said, "He can be heard". They were supported by Nirmohi Akhara represented by senior counsel Sushi Kumar Jain.

Hindus believe that Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya thousands of years ago.

The RSS, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and BJP have been running a campaign for construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya. Many BJP leaders, including LK Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi, are facing a criminal case in connection with the demolition.

Is there still any possibility of an out-of-court settlement? But the parties to the dispute could not agree to the suggestion.

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