New Delhi, Mar 14: The Supreme Court is to proceed ‘final’ hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case from 2PM on Wednesday. The court is hearing a bunch of 13-odd petitions in the dispute over the ownership of 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya. During the last hearing on February 9, the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer had turned down the appellant’s request for a daily hearing in the case on the ground that over 700 poor litigants were awaiting justice in other cases and the court couldn’t possibly devote all its time to a land dispute, which, it said, was how it would treat this case. The court had also advanced the hearing date to today as there were some documents which it sought to be translated in English.

The apex court is hearing the petition that challenged the Allahabad High Court verdict dividing the disputed land among Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla (the diety) represented by Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha in the title suit that had been pending for over six decades.

The Dispute

While the Muslim body insists the land belongs to it because a mosque was built on it, the Hindu organisation is adamant that it was the birthplace of Lord Ram and as such, calls for the building of a Ram temple there. While the high court verdict wasn’t unanimous in concluding that a Ram temple was demolished to make way for the mosque that was razed in 1992 by karsevaks, it did agree that a temple pre-dated the mosque.

On December 6, 1992, thousands of karsevaks had razed the Babri mosque in Ayodhya and over 2,000 people were reported to have been killed in the riots which followed the demolition.