Ayodhya title case: Supreme Court wraps up hearing, reserves judgment

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"Enough is enough", Supreme Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said in a packed courtroom in New Delhi, sitting alongside four other judges.

The bench, which comprises justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, had also rejected a plea of a party seeking to intervene in the ongoing hearing and said no such interventions will be allowed at this stage of proceedings.

Its counsel, senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, even tore up a map, which a Hindu party said was that of the Ram Janmasthan, in open court.

The apex court granted three days to the contesting parties to file written notes.

The apex court was hearing the case from August 6 this year, on a day-to-day basis (five days a week) after the mediation process, conducted by a three-member Mediation panel, headed by Justice (Retired) FMI Kalifullah, in the case failed.

The courtroom drama on the last day was not the sole incident to happen over the past 40 hearings in the contentious Ram Temple-Babri Masjid hearing. Dhavan objected to the presentation of the contents of the book on record and tore the pages in front of the SC bench. "I take advice of Mr (Arvind) Datar in such matters and he told me it was a mandamus (a kind of writ or direction)", Dhavan had said.

Hindus claim the site in the northern town of Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Ram and want a temple built on the ruins of a historic mosque that was torn down by extremists in 1992, triggering deadly riots across the country. "I will say once a temple always a temple", the former Attorney-General said.

The report, sources said, has taken into consideration the grievances of the Muslim parties that government should take steps to renovate the existing mosques in Ayodhya and a suitable space be provided to them in the religious town to build a mosque.

The key arguments of Muslim side have been - "once a mosque, always a mosque" - and the dedication of the land as wakf to the almighty was irrevocable and they perfected the title by long use. We are hoping for a good result.

The Supreme Court has to rule on appeals against the September 30, 2010 verdict of the Allahabad High Court which ordered a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres between the Nirmohi Akhara sect, the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board and Ramlalla Virajman.

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