Supreme Court hearing ends in Ayodhya dispute; orders reserved

Hearing continues on the last day of the protracted Ayodhya dispute

Ayodhya Hearing LIVE: Tore Pages With Court's Permission; CJI Gave Go-Ahead, Says Muslim Counsel Rajeev Dhava

The Supreme Court Wednesday wrapped up arguments in the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid land dispute case after a marathon 40-day hearing, the second longest daily hearing held by the top court. "Enough is enough", Chief Justice Gogoi, who heads the five-judge Constitution bench said soon after Wednesday's hearing in the decades-old land dispute resumed.

It granted three days to contesting parties to file written notes on "moulding of relief" or narrowing down the issues on which the court is required to adjudicate.

The apex court was hearing the case from August 6 this year, on a day-to-day basis (five days a week) after the mediation process, conducted by a three-member Mediation panel, headed by Justice (Retired) FMI Kalifullah, in the case failed.

Surprising those present in the court room, Dhavan tore the map into pieces.

The drama did not end there and during the hearing in the post lunch session, Dhavan again referred to the pre-lunch incident of his tearing off the papers and said that "outside the court, it has become viral".

In the court hearings in the vexatious matter so far, the findings of the surveys carried out by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on the 2.77-acre disputed land in Ayodhya have been considerably taken into account. "But the fact is that I wanted to throw the pages away and the CJI said I may tear them".

The CJI shot back saying, "Dr Dhavan is right that the chief justice said, so he tore up".

Hindus believe that Lord Ram, a major deity, was born at the site in the northern city of Ayodhya, and that a Muslim conqueror destroyed a temple there in the 1500s and built a mosque in its place. "Let this clarification also be widely reported".

Appearing for the All India Hindu Mahasabha, senior advocate Vikas Singh said that the Sunni Waqf Board was relying on an order of 1861 by a board to show that the Babri Masjid had recieved grants from the British government. "I will say once a temple always a temple", the former Attorney-General said.

Though no conclusive shreds of evidence were found in the surveys that could claim that the mosque was built after demolishing a temple, the politics regarding the disputed site reached its height. A decision against Hindus, Mr Mukhopadhyay said, could even lead the government to potentially explore a legislative route to hand over the site to some Hindu groups.

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