Ayodhya dispute: Apex court begins hearing pleas against HC verdict

Ayodhya dispute SC grants 3 months for translation of historic documents final hearing on Dec 5

Ayodhya dispute SC grants 3 months for translation of historic documents final hearing on Dec 5

The court gave the Uttar Pradesh government the responsibility of translating the entire gamut of oral evidence in the case within the next 10 weeks.

The Supreme Court on Friday chose to start the hearing on the several petitions related to the dispute of Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi land from December 5.

The bench gave time to complete translation of almost 1 lakh pages from eight different languages to English and said the time frame fixed by it for completion of pleadings is final and no adjournment will be granted.

Earlier, the high court had ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acre area at Ayodhya among the parties - the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the Ram Lalla.

On Wednesday, the Shia Central Waqf Board told the Supreme Court a mosque could be built in a Muslim-dominated area at a "reasonable distance" from the disputed site in Ayodhya. The three-judge bench was headed by Justice Dipak Misra, the senior most judge in the Supreme Court who is set to take charge as India's 45th Chief Justice on August 28. Supreme Court grants three months time for making translation of the historic documents.

This suggestion was strongly objected to by the Sunni Waqf Board represented by senior advocate Anoop Chaudhari and senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Rajeev Dhawan, appearing for some of the opposing parties.

In September 2010, the Allahabad HC had given the verdict that Lord Ram was born under the central dome of the makeshift temple and Hindus have right to worship there.

The city is believed to be the birthplace of the Hindu god Rama and the mosque is believed to be built on Ram Janmabhoomi, the actual birthplace of the deity.

The 30-page affidavit assumes significance as it has been filed within few days of the apex court agreeing to fast track the hearing on a batch of appeals challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict on the land dispute in the case.

On December 6, 1992, kar sevaks of right-wing Hindu organisations demolished the disputed structure.

The court, however, said it will hear appeals first.

He said during the adjudication of the matter he would like to make out a case that the fundamental right should get precedence over the property right. The Shia board also admitted that the Babri Masjid was constructed after demolishing a temple on the site.

The Sunni Waqf Board told the apex court that the translation of the texts is not yet complete.