The Supreme Court on Wednesday concluded the hearing in the politically sensitive Ayodhya land dispute case and reserved its final judgment. The top court has asked all the contesting parties to submit their written response on moulding of relief in the next three days. The moulding of relief means narrowing down the issues on which the court is required to adjudicate.
A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, heard the arguments in the Ayodhya land dispute matter for 40 days. The Supreme Court is now expected to pronouce its verdict by the end of next month. However, Hindu Mahasabha lawyer Varun Sinha claimed that the top court saod that the order will be pronounced within 23 days.
"Supreme Court has reserved the order and has made it clear that the decision will come, in this case, within 23 days," ANI quoted Sinha as saying.
The day-to-day hearings in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case began in the Supreme Court on August 7 with the Nirmohi Akhara, a Hindu religious denomination, claiming Muslims had not prayed at the disputed site in Ayodhya since 1934.
A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, and comprising justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, started hearing the matter.
The Allahabad High Court, in its judgment of 2010 on four civil lawsuits, had partitioned the 2.77-acre disputed land equally among Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. Fourteen appeals have been filed in the Supreme Court against the verdict.