New Delhi, Dec 4: A three-judge Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer on Tuesday fixed February 8, 2018 as the next date of hearing in the long-pending Ayodhya Ram Janmbhoomi land dispute. The dispute was triggered after the 16th Century mosque – Babri Masjid – was demolished by thousands of activists associated with right wing groups on December 6, 1992.
The specially constituted Supreme Court bench are hearing a total of 13 appeals filed against the 2010 judgement of the Allahabad High Court in four civil suits.
The stakeholders in the case had moved the apex court after the Allahabad High Court directed the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the Lord Ram Lalla to settle for a three-way division of the 2.77-acre disputed site. (Also Read: Babri Masjid-Ram Temple Dispute: Timeline)
3:45 PM: Supreme Court fixes the Ayodhya dispute matter for further hearing on February 8, 2018
3:15 PM: Advocates Kapil Sibal, Rajiv Dhawan along with other petitioner counsels want a larger bench of atleast 7 Judges to hear this matter.
2:56 PM: Kapil Sibal tells SC that whenever this matter is heard, there are serious repercussions outside court and to preserve the decorum of law and order, and that he personally requests the court to take this matter up on July 15, 2019, once all the pleadings are complete.
2:30 PM: Kapil Sibal, who is representing Sunni Waqf Board, raises doubts over assertions of ASG Mehta that how come more than 19000 pages of documents can be filed in such short time. Sibal tells the Supreme Court that he and other petitioners have not been served relevant documents of pleadings.
2:25 PM: Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta, representing the State of Uttar Pradesh, rejects all the averments of Kapil Sibal. Mehta, tell SC that all the related documents and requisite translation copies are on record
2:23 PM: Sibal tells the three-judge bench of the Supreme Court that all these exhibits are not filled before this court. He submitted, all the pleadings are not complete.
2:20 PM: Senior advocate Kapil Sibal starts reading out in Supreme Court the details of exhibits filed by the contesting defendants before the Allahabad High Court.