Ayodhya Ram Mandir Hearing highlights: Arguments conclude in decades-old dispute, verdict reserved

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Updated: October 16, 2019 6:51:23 pm

Ayodhya Case Hearing Today, Ram Mandir Hearing Highlights: Arguments in decades-old Ayodhya Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute concluded in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Verdict has been reserved. 

Ayodhya case, Ayodhya verdict, Ayodhya District, Ram Mandir, Babri Masjid dispute, supreme court, ayodhya hearingThe Supreme Court has reserved judgment in the sensitive Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute  (File Photo)

Ayodhya Case Hearing Highlights: The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict after arguments in the decades-old  Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya concluded.  The apex court has also asked all the parties to submit within three days written submission over relief sought from the court against the Allahabad High Court’s 2010  verdict which said that he disputed site should be divided into three equal parts among Ram Lalla, Nirmohia Akhara and Sunni Wakf Board.

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. “This matter is going to be over by 5 pm today. Enough is enough,” CJI Gogoi said.

The daily hearings in the politically sensitive case have been continuing since August 6 when the mediation process failed to yield any result and October 17 was fixed as the deadline for both the parties to conclude their arguments. The apex court is expected to announce its verdict before November 17, the date when CJI Gogoi is set to retire.

The court witnessed heated exchanges between the two sides during the hearing. At  one point, CJI Ranjan Gogoi even warned that the judges will walk out if the decorum of the court is not maintained. The CJI’s angry reaction came after senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, representing the Muslim sides in the case, tore maps and other documents handed over to him by counsel representing the Hindu Mahasabha.

Arguing on behalf of the Hindu party or Ram Lalla Virajman, senior advocate K Parasaran on Tuesday said there are numerous mosques in Ayodhya where Muslims can offer prayers but the birthplace of Ram can not be changed.

“Muslims can pray in any other mosque as well. There are 55-60 mosques in Ayodhya alone. But for Hindus, it is the birthplace of Lord Ram. We can’t change the birthplace,” Parasaran, a former advocate general, argued in the 5-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer are the other members of the bench.

 

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    18:25 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    “Chief Justice said I can”: Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan on tearing papers during Ayodhya case hearing

    Hearings in the Ayodhya case took a dramatic turn on the last day today when senior counsel Rajeev Dhavan, who was representing the Sunni Waqf Board, tore up a pictorial map presented to him by the counsel for Hindu Mahasabha Vikas Singh. The map was part of a bunch of pages from a book that the counsel had handed over to Dhavan. Read full story here.

    18:04 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    Ayodhya case hearing sees sharp exchanges between lawyers representing Hindu and Muslim parties

    The Supreme Court saw sharp exchanges between the lawyers representing Hindu and Muslim parties during the proceedings in the politically sensitive Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. Read full story here.

    17:33 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    No leave for Uttar Pradesh field officials up to Nov-end

    The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday issued an order saying officials on "field duty" will not be granted leave till November 30.

    The instructions come on the last day of the Supreme Court hearing in the Ayodhya land dispute case. The official order, however, attributed the decision to the festival season.

    17:03 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    SC decision on Ayodhya should be accepted: Muslim leaders

    Muslim religious scholars and leaders said on Wednesday that the Supreme Court's decision in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, whatever it may be, should be accepted by both sides of the dispute.

    16:32 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    Ayodhya land dispute case: Hearing concludes after 40 days, second longest case ever

    The Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case was the second longest oral hearing in the history of Supreme Court. The hearing lasted 40 days. The case was heard by a 5-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

    16:19 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    SC asks contesting parties to submit moulding of relief in 3 days

    The Supreme Court has granted 3 days to contesting parties to file written note on moulding of relief in the Ayodhya land dispute case.

    16:00 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    Arguments conclude, judgment reserved

    Arguments in decades-old Ayodhya Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute has concluded in the Supreme Court. Verdict has been reserved. 

    15:56 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    Place still belongs to Waqf: Rajeev Dhavan

    Stressing that the 'place still belongs' Waqf, Rajeev Dhavan says that their demand is to restore the Babri Masjid. "The bricks are still there," Dhavan says.

    15:17 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    Heated arguments continue in Supreme Court

    Justice DY Chandrachud asks senior counsel Rajeev Dhavan to refrain from making personal remarks after he called advocate PN Mishra's arguments "next to foolish".

    15:10 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    Sunni Waqf Board failed to prove Babur built mosque at disputed site: Hindu party tells SC

    Senior advocate C S Vaidyanathan argued that Sunni Waqf Board and other Muslim litigants have failed to prove that Mughal emperor Babur constructed the mosque at the disputed Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. "It was the case of the Muslim party that the mosque in question was built by the state (Babur) on the land belonging to the state, but it has not been proved by them," the senior counsel said.

    15:05 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    CJI says he allowed Dhavan to tear the pages

    CJI Ranjan Gogoi sarcastically said that he indeed had allowed senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan to tear the pages. "Dr Dhavan is right...the chief justice said so he tore it up." Justice Abdul Nazeer notes that the incident is now being reported widely.

    14:56 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    'Tore pages with court's permission': Dhavan

    Senior counsel Rajeev Dhavan, who is representing Muslim sides in the case, replies to the incident of tearing of pages and maps. "The CJI said I could shred the papers and I just followed the order. I take advice of Mr (Arvind) Datar in such matters, & he told me it was a mandamus," he said.

    14:46 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    Senior advocate PN Mishra argues for Punaruddhar Samiti

    Senior advocate PN Mishra argues for Punaruddhar Samiti and refers to "Baburnama" that mentions Babur followed Islam. "The fact demolishes the claim by the Muslim side that Babur was a ruler and wasn't bound by any law of rules," Mishra argued.

    14:33 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    No application has been filed: Zafaryab Jilani

    Sunni Waqf Board advocate and All India Babri Masjid Action Committee (AIBMAC) convener, Zafaryab Jilani responded to reports of the board withdrawing the appeal in Ayodhya case and said that any application of withdrawal will be given in court. So far, no application has been filed, he asserted.

    14:24 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    Hearing resumes after lunch break

    Hearing in Supreme Court over Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute has resumed after the lunch break. The arguments will conclude by 5PM, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said.  Meanwhile, the Sunni WAQF Board  is likely to seek an out of court settlement, reports News18.

    14:21 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    Subramanian Swamy's petition won't be heard in Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court, which is hearing final arguments in the Ayodhya Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid case,  won't take up BJP MP Subramanian Swamy's petition. CJI Ranjan Gogoi has already made it clear that arguments will be over  5PM today. 

    14:18 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    Subramanian Swamy's petition won't be heard by Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court has decided not to hear the petition filed BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy in Ayodhya case. CJI Ranjan Gogoi has already made it clear that arguments in the decades-old case will conclude by 5 PM today.

    14:18 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    Subramanian Swamy's petition won't be heard by Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court has decided not to hear the petition filed BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy in Ayodhya case. CJI Ranjan Gogoi has already made it clear that arguments in the decades-old case will conclude by 5 PM today.

    14:03 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    No idea about Sunni Waqf Board's decision: Zafaryab Jilani

    All India Babri Masjid Action Committee (AIBMAC) convener Zafaryab Jilani says he has no information regarding Sunni Waqf Board saying that it is ready to give up claim over the disputed site in Ayodhya. It was reported that the Board was ready to let go of its claim but wants the government to take over the maintenance of over 22 mosques in Ayodhya.

    13:43 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    Ayodhya verdict: Leaves of policemen cancelled in Uttar Pradesh

    In a related development, leaves of all policemen on field have been cancelled in Uttar Pradesh till November 30, 2019 as hearing in Ayodhya Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid case nears completion, reports News18. A verdict in the case is expected by November 17, CJI Ranjan Gogoi's last day in office.

    13:02 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    Not enough time!

    Representing the Nirmohi Akhara, Senior Advocate Sushil Kumar Jain seeks 1.5 hours to speak, however, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi turned down his request, reports said. "We don't have that kind of time left. Please conclude by 1 PM," CJI Gogoi tells Advocate Jain.

    12:41 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    Judges will get up and go if proceedings continue like this: CJI Gogoi

    Taking a strong exception to Rajeev Dhavan tearing papers and shouting between lawyers of both sides, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the court will rise if proceedings continue in such manner. Judges could go through papers instead of hearing the counsels, reports quoted CJI Gogoi, as saying.

    12:16 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    Rajeev Dhavan tears maps, documents inside court

    In an unprecedented turn of events, senior counsel, Rajeev Dhavan, who is representing Muslim sides in the case, tears maps and other documents presented to him by Hindu Mahasabha, reports said.

    11:58 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    Nirvani Akhara has right over site, not Nirmohi Akhara, argues Senior Advocate Jaideep Gupta

    Presenting arguments on behalf of Nirvani Akhara and Mahant of Hanuman Garhi, Senior Advocate Jaideep Gupta said that the idol was placed at the site in 1949 by late Baba Abhiram Das and his disciple Baba Dharmdas. Gupta said they have the 'Shebait Right' and not the Nirmohi Akhara.

    11:36 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    There can't be another Ram Janmabhoomi: Advocate CS Vaidyanathan

    Representing the Hindu parties in the Supreme Court, senior advocate CS Vaidyanathan argues that there is no evidence about Muslims offering Friday prayers at Babri Masjid after 1934. There can't be any other place called Ram Janmabhoomi, but they can offers prayers at any place, Vaidyanathan says.

    11:24 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    RSS calls 5-day meeting in Haridwar

    Meanwhile, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has called a 5-day meeting in Haridwar as the Ayodhya case hearing enters the final stage. The Sangh has asked every ‘pracharak’ to attend the meeting which is scheduled to be held from October 31 to November 4. According to reports, all top RSS office-bearers including chief Mohan Bhagwat, Dattatreya Hosabale, Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi will be attending the special meeting. A few Bharatiya Janata Party leaders are also expected to attend the event.

    11:18 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    Mediation panel writes to Supreme Court

    The three-man mediation panel, which was formed by the Supreme Court to explore ways to settle the Ayodhya Ram Mandir dispute in an amicable way, has reportedly written to the apex court. The letter may be mentioned in the Supreme Court during the course of hearing today. The panel was headed by former Supreme Court judge FM Kalifulla and included spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu.

    11:10 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    BIG TWIST in Ayodhya case!

    There's a big twist in Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute case. With the hearing in the politically sensitive case set to conclude today, Sunni Waqf Board has said that it is ready to give up their claim over the disputed site, however, the Board said that the government should take over the maintenance of over 22 mosques in Ayodhya. The Waqf board also said that Place of Religion Worship Act 1991 should be made watertight.

    10:56 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    Ayodhya case hearing: Muslim side has not given any evidence, says CS Vaidyanathan

    Starting the arguments, Senior advocate CS Vaidyanathan, who is representing the Hindu side in the case, argues that Muslim side has not given any evidence on exclusive possession or title.

    10:51 (IST)16 Oct 2019
    'Enough is enough', says CJI Ranjan Gogoi

    Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi has dismissed an intervention application of one of the parties - Hindi Maha Sabha - in the Ayodhya land dispute case. "This matter is going to be over by 5 pm today. Enough is enough," CJI Gogoi said.

    Ayodhya case, Ayodhya verdict, Ayodhya District, Ram Mandir, Babri Masjid dispute, supreme court, ayodhya hearing The Supreme Court is hearing the sensitive Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute on a daily basis and the judgment is expected to come by mid-November. (File Photo)The Allahabad High Court in 2010 had ordered that the disputed 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be divided equally among the three parties in the case - the Nirmohi Akhara, Ram Lalla and the Sunni Waqf Board. However, the verdict was challenged in the Supreme Court. The Uttar Pradesh government has imposed Section 144 in Ayodhya since Monday, when the hearing in Supreme Court resumed after Dussehra break. The prohibitory orders will remain in place till December 10, officials said. The administration has also demanded a large number of security forces to maintain law and order and communal harmony, news agency PTI reported.
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