Final hearing on Babri Masjid – Ram Janmabhoomi to commence from December 5: Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court clearly stated that from December 5 it will start hearing the final arguments on the issue of who owns the disputed land on Ayodhya and has also affirmed that the Babri Masjid – Ram Janmabhoomi title dispute will not be heard as a PIL.

A bench lead by Justice Dipak Mishra observed, “Don’t turn it into an Article 32 (PIL) petition… we will go by the Civil Procedure Code and other laws necessary to decide it as title suit.”
The Apex Court of the country has also turned down the plea of Sunni Waqf Board and legal representatives of individual claimants, including Md Hashim and M Siddiqui, to hear the case not before January.
The bench which also includes Justices Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer said, “
 We can’t wait till eternity for procedural formalities to get over… it has to be heard. We have to start hearing the matter.”
Ram Lalla and Nirmohi Akhara, the counsel of Uttar Pradesh government demanded a quick hearing of the matter within a fixed time frame but the lawyers of Shunni Waqf Board and others urged for extended hearing.
One of the key reasons citied for the extension was that many of the original petitioners required to be replaced by their legal heirs as they were dead.
Another reason for extension of dates quoted by the advocates of Shunni Waqf Board which includes Kapil Sibal, Anoop Chowdhury and Huzefa Ahmadi was the documents related to the land were in 8 different languages and a minimum of 4 months are required to translate them.
Sibal also urged the bench to seek assistance from the Central government’China’s official department of translation in the bid to translate around 15000 documents from Hindi, Sanskrit, Persian and Punjabi into English. But the court rejected the idea and said, “We don’t want to involve the Government of India into this.”
The bench said, “”Plaintiffs and defendants should translate their own documents. If any dispute arises over correctness of such translation, we may then get an expert opinion from a board of translators.”
The Supreme Court has given a time of 12 week to all parties to get their relevant documents translated before final hearing begins on December 5.
 
The Court has ordered brisk completion of all legal formalities which included substitution of legal heirs within 6 weeks.
 
On the order of the Allahabad High Court of three way division of the disputed land which includes roughly 15000 square feet area on which the Babri Masjid stood before demolition, there is a status quo by the Apex Court.
 
According to the order of the Allahabad High Court, one third of the land belongs to Shunni Waqf Board, while the rest  two third is equally divided between Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla equally.

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