The Supreme Court has decided to hear the politically critical and Hindu v/s Muslim sensitive matter of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case five days a week and expressed the clear message to both the parties in the case. The affirmative decision of the apex court came after the Muslim party in the case expressed their concern over the day-to-day hearing of the matter.
“We will continue day-to-day hearing as ordered earlier,” a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi reverted to the Muslim party. The Muslim party in the case includes the senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, M Siddiq and All India Sunni Waqf Board who stated that it will not be possible for them to take part in all the proceedings taking place on all the five working days.
The senior advocate Dhavan representing the Muslim party argued stating that it is practically impossible for him to prepare his arguments without a proper gap. He said that if the apex court doesn’t change it’s stand on the five day hearing, it will look very “inhuman” towards him as he wouldn’t get enough time to gather evidence and prepare his arguments. “It is not possible to assist the court if it is heard on all days of the week. This is the first appeal and the hearing cannot be rushed in this manner and I am put to the torture.” Dhavan said in his argument, quoted media reports.
With the denial to the Muslim party’s request, the apex court added that a mid-week break will be provided for preparing the argument, if required. The five-judge constitution bench which is hearing the Ayodhya case comprise of Justices S A Bobde, D.Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S.A Nazeer. The bench of justices have assured the senior advocate of Muslim party of getting a break to prepare for the argument if the need of so is observed.
The Ayodhya case will have its next hearing on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 as the court is on a holiday on Monday on the occasion of Eid-Al-Adha.
The apex court had its first appeal after the verdict passed by the Allahabad High court in the Ayodhya case in 2010. Dhavan therefore stated, that being the first appeal, documentary evidence has to be studied.
He added that if the court has taken a decision to hear the case on all five days of the week then he might have to leave the case. On which CJI Gogoi told Dhavan in forenoon before proceeding for the hearing, “We have taken note of your submissions. We will revert to you soon.” The Supreme Court has broken it’s own record of 3-day day-to-day hearing i.e. Tuesday to Thursday.
The Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case is more than a decade old case which still awaits the final verdict. The case saw a verdict coming from Allahabad High Court in 2010 which both Hindu and Muslim party were not content with. The Allahabad High Court had adjudged in 2010 that the 77-acre disputed land in Ayodhya must be partitioned equally among the three parties – the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. The Hindu as well as Muslim party in the case showed discomfort on the verdict. The case had then knocked the door of the SC and is speculated to be in it’s final stage as the SC decided to hear the case on the day to day basis and deliver the verdict soon.
The Babri masjid on the disputed land in Ayodhya was demolished on December 6, 1992, allegedly, by a large group of Hindu activists of the Vishva Hindu Parishad and allied organisations. The Babri Masjid is said to had been brought to existence by Mir Baqi on the orders of 16th century Mughal ruler Babur after the demolition of Ram mandir. The said disputed land is said to be the birth place of Hindu deity lord Rama.