A special bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, justice Ashok Bhushan and justice S Abdul Nazeer assembled at 2pm on Tuesday to hear a total of 13 appeals filed against the 2010 judgment of the Allahabad high court in four civil suits.
The high court had then ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acre area at Ayodhya among the parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the deity Ram Lalla (Ram as an infant).
Here are lives updates on the case:
3:52pm: The Supreme Court directs advocates on record of the appeals to sit together and ensure that all documents are filed and numbered, reports PTI.
3:50pm: The top court fixes February 8, 2018, for hearing civil appeals regarding the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute.
3.08pm: The SC halts hearing to take stock of the documents filed and not filed.
3.03pm: The SC says it agrees it’s not an ordinary suit. “But need to start somewhere,” it adds.
3.02pm: Kapil Sibal says the court must give a reason for giving an urgent hearing.
2.55pm: Kapil Sibal tells the SC whenever the Ayodhya matter is heard,there are serious repercussions outside the court. He says to preserve the decorum of law and order, he requests the court to take up the matter on July 15, 2019, once all the pleadings are complete and after elections.
2.47pm: Kapil Sibal, Rajeev Dhawan, Dushyant Dave -- all representing the Sunni Wakf Board -- threaten to walk out.
2.43pm: Senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan says refer the matter to a larger bench.
2.33pm: Sibal tells the SC and and other petitioners have not been served relevant documents of pleadings.
2.26pm: Additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta, representing Uttar Pradesh, rebuts all remarks by Sibal. He tells the SC that all the related documents and requisite translation copies are on record
2.16pm: Kapil Sibal tells the SC a total number of 19,590 documents were to be filed in the apex court
2.12pm: Kapil Sibal tells the SC all reports of the ASI have not been placed in court
2.10pm: Kapil sibal, appearing for the Sunni Wakf board, reads out the details of exhibits filed by the contesting defendants before the Allahabad High Court. He says pleadings in the case are not complete
2.08pm: Supreme Court begins hearing in Ayodhya dispute case.
*Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy, spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Shia Waqf Board chief Waseem Rizvi have emerged as the new faces in the case. *Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya on December 1992.
*Former Bihar chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad was catapulted to the national stage when he ordered the arrest of BJP leader LK Advani in 1990, in the run-up to the eventual demolition of the Babri Masjid two years later. Advani was then marching through parts of North India on his Rath Yatra. Twenty-five years later, Prasad tells Anirban Guha Roy that he suspects the demolition was a ploy by right wing forces to weaken the movement for backward classes empowerment after the Mandal commission recommendations on job quotas was implemented.
(Source: The Hindustan Times)