New Delhi, February 8: The Supreme Court on Thursday fixed March 14 as the next date of hearing in the politically-sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case as some of the documents and translations are yet to be filed before it. The apex court said that it will treat the Ayodhya case as a pure land dispute.
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said, “Once we start the matter, we will finish it.” The court has given two weeks time to parties to complete the documentation.
The bench also comprising of Justices Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer, had on December 5, 2017 made it clear that it would begin final hearing on the petitions from February 8 and had asked the parties to file the requisite pleadings in the meantime.
Senior lawyers including Kapil Sibal and Rajeev Dhavan had contended that the civil appeals be either referred to a five or seven-judge bench or posted it for 2019 keeping in mind the sensitive nature of the case and its ramifications on the country’s secular fabric and polity.
The top court had asked the advocates on records (AoRs), dealing with as many 14 civil appeals against the 2010 judgement of the Allahabad High Court in the land dispute, to ensure that all requisite documents are translated, filed and numbered before the apex court Registry.
The special bench of the apex court is seized of a total 14 appeals filed against the high court judgement delivered in four civil suits.
A three-judge bench of the Allahabad High Court, in a 2:1 majority ruling, had in 2010 ordered that the land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
With inputs from PTI