The Supreme Court (SC,) on the 16th of October, heard the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi Ayodhya case.
A panel of 5 judges, comprising Ranjana Gogoi, the Chief Justice of India (CJI,) Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S.A. Nazeer, heard the case. CJI Gogoi is leading the bench and reserved their judgement.
After concluding the hearing on the 40th day of daily hearings, the SC ordered the petitioners representing the Hindus and the Muslims to submit a written note about “moulding of relief” in three days, by the 19th of October.
Ranjan Gogoi further said the bench of 5 judges will sit together and work on the mediation process. None of the petitioners and their advocates are allowed to be a part of the proceedings of the mediation process.
During the hearings on the 16th of October, the SC witnessed high drama from the representatives of the Hindus and the Muslims.
Rajeev Dhavan, a senior counsel for the Muslim parties, tore a map during the hearing in the Supreme Court. The map was presented by the Hindu parties, which stated the said piece of land is the exact birthplace of Lord Rama, hence the land should be given to the Hindus to build a Ram temple. The Muslim parties opposed the map as evidence and tore it.
The Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute is a long standing issue for a piece of land in Ayodhya. The Babri Masjid was built in 1528 on the orders of the Mughals. In 1992, it was broken down by a few Hindu activists, who believed Ram was born in the same spot where the Masjid was built. Since then, both the Hindus and the Muslims are trying to reclaim the same piece of land.
The daily proceedings ended on the 16th of October and the bench of five will begin the mediation process soon.
The SC is expected to give a final decision regarding the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute before the 17th of November, as CJI Ranjan Gogoi will retire on the 17th of November.
Stay tuned for further updates.