The Supreme Court has reserved its judgement after the daily hearings in the decades old temple-mosque dispute in Ayodhya came to an end this afternoon after 40 days. The verdict in the case is expected to come before November 17 when the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi retires.
On the 40th day of hearing, first the Hindu side was given the chance to present its arguments. The advocates of various Hindu petitioners were allotted 45-minute each to present their case. Subsequently the lawyers representing Muslim petitioners were asked to reply.
There were dramatic moments in the court when Rajeev Dhavan, representing Muslim petitioners including the Sunni Waqf Board in the title suit, tore up a pictorial map showing the Ram Janmasthan after asking the court’s permission. He said the map, forwarded by the Hindu petitioners, could not be submitted as evidence since the court had earlier refused to accept it.
Following the commotion it caused and interruptions from both sides, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi threatened to walk out.
Fourteen appeals have been filed in the top court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77acre land be partitioned equally among the three parties, the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lala.
The five-judge Constitution bench began day-to-day hearings on August 6 after mediation proceedings by a court-appointed three-member team failed to find an amicable solution to the dispute.