SC concludes Ayodhya daily hearings in 40 days, reserves verdict

The five-judge bench of the Supreme Court concluded hearing in the case that lasted for 40 days. The apex court is expected to deliver its judgment on the Ayodhya case before November 17, 2019, the date on which the current CJI demits office.

The Supreme Court Wednesday concluded hearing the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya after a marathon 40 days or arguments and reserved the judgement.

A five-judge Constitution bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi heard appeals and cross appeals filed by the Sunni Central Wakf Board and the Hindu side against a 2010 Allahabad High Court ruling that had partitioned the land among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

The High Court had carved up the disputed 2.77 acres between the Hindus and the Muslims in the ratio of 2:1 in a manner so that the area, on which the dome of the now demolished mosque once stood, went to the Hindus.

“Hearing concluded. Judgement reserved. Parties to give written submissions on moulding of relief in three days,” the CJI said at the end of the day.The other members of the bench are justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer.

Any ruling will come before CJI demits office on November 17, 2019.