۱۸ آذر ۱۳۹۸ |١١ ربيع الآخر ١٤٤١ | Dec 9, 2019
News Code: 359148
17 October 2019 - 01:30
India’s apex court ends hearing in Babri mosque case

The case was making rounds in different courts since 1949, when local Muslims sought judicial intervention to remove an Idol of Hindu god Lord Rama, which some Hindus scaling the wall, had placed at the sanctorum of the mosque.

Hawzah News Agency - Indian Supreme Court has concluded hearings and reserved judgement in perhaps the world’s oldest civil dispute, to decide whether the site of the Babri Masjid located in north Indian city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh province, belongs to Hindus or Muslims, the news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) reported on Wednesday.

The case was making rounds in different courts since 1949, when local Muslims sought judicial intervention to remove an Idol of Hindu god Lord Rama, which some Hindus scaling the wall, had placed at the sanctorum of the mosque.

The five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, conducted marathon hearings over past 40 days. The bench has given parties three days to submit written submissions. The issue has been a source of communal discord, devouring millions of lives over more than a century in communal riots.

The verdict in the case - which has dominated Indian political scene for decades - is expected to come before Nov. 17, when Gogoi, is slated to retire.

The apex court was hearing 14 appeals filed against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgement that had partitioned the site of the mosque measuring 2.77 acres between three parties - the Sunni Waqf Board, Ram Lalla (Hindu deity) and the Hindu litigant Nirmohi Akhara.

The majority judgement running over 8,000 pages had also accepted Hindu belief that Lord Rama was born at the site of the mosque, some millions of years ago, thereby handed over the portion below the central dome to Hindus.

The day to day hearing in the case commenced on Aug. 6, after chief justice declared that the mediation talks initiated by a panel, including former Supreme Court Judge FM Khalifullah, Hindu Seer Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Sriram Panchu, an arbitration lawyer did not yield results.

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