Ayodhya Dispute: Next Hearing In SC On March 14


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday fixed the next hearing in the Ayodhya dispute, to determine ownership of the 2.77 acre Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi disputed land, for March 14.

The apex court said it will deal with the case as a pure land dispute, an indication that the centuries-old history attached to the case was of no significance to it.

The hearing was postponed since certain documents and translations are still to be filed before the court. The case is being heard by a five-judge constitution bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

Some documents and translations are yet to be filed before the apex court. A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and SA Najeeb is hearing the case.

The hearing was ruptured by a show of belligerence by Rajeev Dhavan, who was appearing for a member of the minority community. Dhavan got angry when senior advocate C S Vaidyanathan, appearing for a member of the majority community, suggested that parties could give a synopsis of their line of argument to the court and exchange with contesting parties.

The court had in December last year decided to hear the civil appeals against the 2010 Allahabad high court verdict in the matter in February. It had rejected an attempt by the Sunni Waqf Board and members of the minority community to postpone hearing in the case till July 2019.