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SC to hear Ayodhya cross-appeals on Dec 5

12 August 2017, 02:26 | Justin Tyler

Ayodhya dispute: Apex court begins hearing pleas against HC verdict

Babri Masjid case Supreme Court to hear appeals in Ayodhya dispute today

Counsel representing the Sunni Central Waqf Board and Nirmohi Akhara wanted the hearing to commence in January 2018 contending they needed more time to prepare their respective case.

This was opposed by senior counsel Kapil Sibal, Rajeev Dhawan and Anup Chaudhary, appearing for the Sunni Wakf Board, one of the parties to the dispute.

A day after taking a stand that it was agreeable to shifting of the demolished mosque to bring about a closure to the vexed dispute, the board chose to revive its dispute with the Sunni Waqf Board by filing an appeal after more than seven decades.

The board has admitted in its petition that Babri Masjid was constructed after demolishing a temple on the site.

Whether a temple to Lord Ram can be built in Ayodhya at the site where the Babri Masjid was razed will be taken up by the Supreme Court at the end of the year. The Sunni board is clearly unhappy with these new developments. There is no locus standi to it. We have to examine the High Court judgement.

The claim done by Hindus is that a mosque was built in 1528-29 CE (935 AH) by Mir Baqi in the birthplace of Lord Rama. Hence, this will create problem for both the religious denominations", he said, adding, "So it is better for the Shia board to bring upon a situation where there is no such kind of disturbance. The Shia board came into the picture in 1989 when it was impleaded as a party to the case by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. The Supreme Court has provided a gap of more than 3 months before the final hearing to allow the stakeholders to get all the necessary documents translated into English.

Interestingly, another bench of SC recently ordered revival of conspiracy charge against BJP leaders including L K Advani and others in the criminal case trial relating to demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.

"The basic reason is that even if in one-third area the mosque is built, they will use the oud speaker, and similarly in the remaining area, temple will also have its loud speaker". However it was the British government which erroneously included it amongst the Sunni Waqfs in 1944 and it had approached Faizabad civil court in 1945 which had dismissed its claim a year after. "It is a very serious matter, don't start hearing like this", Sibal said.

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