Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Supreme Court to start final hearing on Ayodhya case today

Supreme Court to start final hearing on Ayodhya case today

The Shia Waqf Board on Tuesday said senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who is representing the Sunni Waqf Board in the ongoing hearing of the long-standing Ayodhya dispute, wanted the matter to be heard only in July 2019, after the completion of the next Lok Sabha polls citing political ramifications.

Senior advocates Kapil Sibal, Anoop George Chaudhari, Rajeev Dhavan and Sushil Jain will represent other parties including All India Sunni Waqf Board and Nirmohi Akhara. "Today a surprising stand was taken in Supreme Court by Congress leader and Sunni Waqf Board lawyer Kapil Sibal ji, he said hearing should be deferred till after 2019 LS polls".

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government, vehemently opposed contentions that the pleadings were not complete and asserted that everything has been complied with and the cases were ripe for hearing.

He also took a shot at Congress chief-in-waiting Rahul Gandhi, who has been facing allegations of "soft Hindutva" to appeal to voters in the coming Gujarat Assembly elections.

Shia Waqf board lawyer M Dhingra says they support building of Ram temple at the disputed site.

Kapil Sibal has said that this matter should be heard by five or seven judges constitution bench after 2019 general election as it has been politicised. The Congress has double standards on the issue. "Congress has got nothing to do with his case".

The Congress responded by washing its hands of what Sibal said in court. "Arun Jaitley ji was the lawyer in Bhopal gas tragedy, does that mean whole of BJP is to be blamed?", said Congress leader Randeep Surjewala in a press conference. The court ordered each party a third of the land at the site.

Petitioners begged for more time in Supreme Court for a logical time to interpret, file and provide the copies of all the exhibits and appropriate documents, which were lodged before the Allahabad High Court bench at Lucknow (U.P.).

The court, in 2010, had decided that the disputed land of 2.77 acre will be divided in three-way among the parties - the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara, and the Lord Ram Lalla.

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