Ram Mandir case: CJI Ranjan Gogoi reiterates October 18 deadline, says ‘not a day extra’ for Ayodhya hearing

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Published: September 26, 2019 12:01:45 PM

Day-to-day hearing in the sensitive matter began on August 6 after the mediation process, which was set up on the orders of the Supreme Court, failed to yield any desired result.

ayodhya hearing, ayodhya ram mandir case, supreme court, cji ranjan gogoiDay-to-day hearing in the sensitive matter began on August 6 after the mediation process failed to yield any desired result. (File Photo/PTI)

Ram Mandir Ayodhya case latest update: Reiterating the October 18 deadline for hearing to conclude in the decades-old Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday said it will be a difficult task to deliver a verdict in four weeks time and that the arguments must get over by the said date. CJI Gogoi, who heads the five-judge constitution bench hearing the matter, is slated to retire on November 17.

“If arguments can’t get over by Oct 18, there won’t be an extra day. It will be miraculous if we deliver the judgment in 4 weeks,” CJI Gogoi said. Concerned parties then assured the apex court that they will try to abide by the set deadline.

Last week, the Supreme Court had asked the counsels for the Hindu and Muslim parties to inform it about a tentative “time schedule” for concluding their arguments. Day-to-day hearing in the sensitive matter began on August 6 after the mediation process, which was set up on the orders of the Supreme Court, failed to yield any desired result.

Also Read: Supreme Court sets October 18 deadline for completion of Ayodhya hearing, judgement likely in mid-November

The court had formed a panel under former Supreme Court judge FM Kalifulla to settle the issue amicably through mediation. Other members of the panel were senior advocate and renowned mediator Sriram Panchu and Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar. The process went on for nearly four months without any final settlement.

In a related development, Muslim parties in the case retracted their statement in the Supreme Court on Wednesday concerning ‘Ram Chabutra’. Senior advocate Zafaryab Jilani, appearing for the Sunni Waqf Board, had on Tuesday conceded that there was no dispute over ‘Ram Chabutara’ , in the outer courtyard of the disputed site, being the birthplace of Lord Ram.
In another contradiction in the Muslim side’s stand, advocate Rajeev Dhawan said there was no doubt on the authorship of the Archaeological Survey of India report. Another lawyer representing the Muslim side had on Wednesday questioned the findings and authorship of the ASI report.

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