As the Supreme Court started day-to-day hearing of the politically sensitive Ayodhya title dispute on today (Tuesday, August 6), Nirmohi Akhara, a party in the Ayodhya land dispute, told the Supreme Court that no Muslims were allowed to enter the structure since 1934 and it has been in exclusive possession of the Akhara.
A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court began final hearing in the Ayodhya title suit today after mediation by a three-member panel failed to resolve the matter. Headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, the Bench also comprises Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer.
At the outset, the apex court had rejected the plea of former RSS ideologue KN Govindacharya seeking live streaming or recording of the case proceedings.
Senior advocate Sushil Jain, appearing for Nirmohi Akhara said that the inner courtyard was always in possession of the Nirmohi Akhara and Sita Rasoi, Chabutra and Bhandar which were part of the outer courtyard were never a part of dispute.
Jain, appearing for Nirmohi Akhara, that the suit is for possession of inner courtyard only and it was seeking management and possession of the area. He told the court that its suit was basically for belongings, possession and management rights. “I am a registered body. My suit is basically for belongings, possession and management rights,” said the Akhara counsel.
Jain also told the court that the Akhara was in possession of the inner courtyard and ‘Ram Janmasthan’ for hundreds of years. “We were in possession of inner courtyard and Ram Janmasthan for hundreds of years. Outer courtyard having ‘Sita Rasoi’, ‘Chabutra’, ‘Bhandar Grah’ were in our possession and it was never a part of dispute in any case,” the senior counsel told the Bench.
According to the Hindu Party the Muslims never made any prayers in the Mosque subsequent to the year 1934. However the Muslim party says that they have been offering prayers in the Masjid even after 1934.
The apex court would continue hearing the matter post-lunch.