SC to resume final hearings in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri case today

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The Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute is a political, historical and socio-religious debate in India, centered on a plot of land in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. It did not commit to a "dayto- day" hearing of the case.

The Supreme Court has said it would hear the Ayodhya title suit as a "pure land dispute" while also making it clear that it does not intend to have a day-to-day hearing. One of the parties to the dispute even hinted at the urgency given to the hearing of the case by the CJI and commented that the hearing of the case will not finish before October 2018, the time when the present CJI retires.

When a lawyer sought the court's permission to intervene in the matter saying it involved the faith of crores of Hindus, the bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer said: "We can't address these kind of arguments". The lawyers had also demanded that the case be referred to a five-judge Constitution Bench.

The court was hearing a batch of cross-petitions challenging 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict that had divided the disputed Babri Masjid-Ramjanambhoomi site between the Nirmohi Akhara, Lord Ram deity and the Sunni Waqf Board.

This was challenged before the Supreme Court which, on May 9, 2011, stayed operation of the decree during the pendency of the appeal, and ordered status quo at the disputed site.

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In total the court is hearing 13 appeals that have been filed against the 2010 judgment of the Allahabad high court in four civil suits. However, senior counsel Harish Salve, who appeared on the other side, had said that it was "just a case" for the apex court and had nothing to do with the elections. After holding talks with spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Nadvi said that he would also support the construction of a university at the site.

Next hearing of the case has been posted for March 14, before which the parties in the case need to file translated copies of the documents before it.

The AIMPLB has renewed its effort to find an amicable solution to the Ayodhya dispute as the Supreme Court started hearing the case on Thursday.

The court, however said there are vast majority of Indians, voiceless and unheard who have been mute victims to the festering sores and violence caused by this dispute. "Devoting one-and-half hour every day will help in disposing of these cases", the bench said.

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