Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case: Day 10 hearing in SC
NEW DELHI, Aug 22 (Agencies): The Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court is hearing the Ram Janmabhumi-Babri Masjid title dispute case on a day-to-day basis. Today is the tenth day of hearing in the case. The Ayodhya case is being heard by the Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer.
The hearing in the case had commenced on August 6 with arguments being made on behalf of the Nirmohi Akhara. In the following hearings, apart from the Nirmohi Akhara, submissions were also made on behalf of the deity Ram Lalla. Below are live updates from today's hearing in the Ayodhya case:-
* Nirmohi Akhara started their debate
* Ranjit Kumar gave examples of many old decisions to prove Hindu beliefs.
* Ranjit Kumar: The Allahabad High Court has admitted in its judgment that Hindus have been worshiping at the disputed place for more than 100 years. Documents prove that worship has been done continuously there.
* Ranjit Kumar said that 14 out of 20 people had filed affidavits stating that there was a temple at the disputed site which was put before the High Court by Gopal Singh Visharad.
* Justice Bobde said that this affidavit was given when the government wanted to give the disputed land to the receiver, were these things ever proved before the magistrate? He asked Kumar from where did he get the application form to file this affidavit? Was the magistrate's order in this regard?
* Ranjit Kumar said that in 1949 the Muslim side had said that they have not been offering Namaz there since 1935, so if the land is given to Hindus then there will be no problem.
The SC asked the validity of the affidavit and asked if they were verified.
* Justice Bobde: How were these affidavits kept in the High Court records?
Ranjith Kumar: These affidavits were filed in the case. The trial was later transferred to the High Court.
* Kumar placed some affidavits filed by some Muslims before the Faizabad District Magistrate in 1950 in which everyone has said that there was a temple on the disputed land and it was demolished to build a mosque.
* Ranjit Kumar produced a copy of the total 20 affidavits filed in the Ayodhya case before the court. Some of these affidavits were filed by Muslim people who have said in their affidavits that they have no objection if the disputed land is given to Hindus, because Muslims have not offered prayers since 1935 on the disputed land, so this place is no longer important to them. Hang up.
* Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, appearing for Gopal Singh Visharad, one of the original litigants, has commenced arguments before the bench. He claimed during the British Raj, only Friday prayers were offered by Muslims at the Babri mosque and the Hindus too used to worship the deity there. However, after the demolition of the mosque, Muslims stopped visiting the site but Hindus continued to worship Lord Ram there.
* Kumar cites the case of 80-year-old Abdul Gani who claimes that the Babri mosque was built on the birthplace of Ram Lalla. "I am making my submissions with reference to Parasaran's and Vaidyanathan's submissions that the place is itself a divine site and that I being the worshipper my right to worship, which is a civil right, should not be curtailed," Kumar tells the Constitution bench.