The Supreme Court completed hearing all arguments in the Ayodhya case running for 40 days. The verdict will likely come on November 17.
Bengaluru: The curtains have finally come down on the hearing of the Ayodhya case as the chief justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said today (October 16) would be the last day.
The hearing went on for as many as 40 long days.
On the final day, there were two major developments. They were:
1. The mediation panel has reached an agreement between a few parties and they may file before the court.
2. Sunni Waqf Board will be surrendering its claim in the case.
There were tense moments at the court today as Rajeev Dhawan tore papers and maps of the region belonging to the Hindu Mahasabha. He was widely criticised for his outburst.
The court has also allowed three more days for the parties for written submission.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had stayed the Allahabad High Court verdict that directed division of 2.77 acres of land of the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya into three parts among Hindus, Muslims and the Nirmohi Akhara.
It is interesting to note what the Supreme Court had said on the division of land.
Justice Lodha had observed: “The High Court's judgment is something strange. A new dimension has been given by the High Court as the decree of partition was not sought by the parties. It was not prayed for by anyone. It has to be stayed. It's a strange order. How can a decree for partition be passed when none of the parties had prayed for it? It's strange. Such kind of decrees cannot be allowed to be in operation. It is a difficult situation now. The position is that the High Court verdict has created a litany of litigation.”
So all eyes will be on the top court as the countdown begins for the all-important judgement day on November 17.
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