BOTH SIDES STAKE CLAIM OVER THE LAND SC De­fers Ay­o­d­hya Ti­tle Dis­pute Case Hear­ing to Dec 5

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Fri­day post­poned hear­ing on the Ay­o­d­hya Ram Janamb­hoomi-Babri Masjid dis­pute to De­cem­ber 5. The hear­ing turned ac­ri­mo­nious af­ter lit­i­gants from both sides staked claim over the land on which Babri Masjid once stood. Both sides have ap­pealed against the Al­la­habad high courtrul­ing,which­hadordered­split­tingth­e­land­ina2:1ra­tio­be­tween­the claimants of Ram Mandir and Babri Masjid, re­spec­tively.

Abench­led­byCJI-des­ig­nateDi­pak Misra set the new date for the hear­ing to have the orig­i­nal judge­ment and­doc­u­ments,run­ning­in­to100vol­umes, translated into English by the Ut­tar Pradesh gov­ern­ment. The Sunni Waqf Board, through coun­sel Anoop Ge­orge Chaud­hari, op­posed a rush-rush hear­ing, cit­ing pro­ce­du­ral­prob­lems.“The­judge­ment is over 9,000 pages. The doc­u­ments run­into90,000pages.Th­e­se­have­tobe trans­late­d­in­toEnglish,”it­said.Some of the ex­hibits were in Parsi, Ara­bic, PaliandSan­skrit,it­said.

“Th­elow­er­courtrecord­son­ly­came to­thetop­court­lastyear,”se­nio­rad­vo­cate Kapil Sibal told the court. “The doc­u­ments are in eight dif­fer­ent lan­guages,” he said. “Th­ese have to be translated. Those who have died in the in­terim will also have to be re­placed by their le­gal heirs,” he said. “The court can­not give the im­pres­sion that it wants to start hear­ing the case to­day.” Their plea was backed by se­nior ad­vo­cate Ra­jeev Dha­van. They sought at least four months to have the doc­u­ments translated, but the bench would not hear of it. The Hindu Ma­hasabha, a party to the case, and oth­ers said they were ready to ar­gue their case and op­posed any at­tempt to de­lay the hear­ing any fur­ther.

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