Ayodhya Verdict: SC Defers Hearing To Feb 8, 2018

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing in the Ayodhya case for February 8, 2018. The case was being heard by a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer.

Citing political ramifications, senior counsel Kapil Sibal asked the court to hear the matter only in July 2019. Meanwhile, appellant Muslim parties questioned the reason for hearing the case now and wondered if there was some kind of “hurry”.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer directed that all the advocates on record will work in harmony and ensure that all documents are filed, if not already filed.

The temple-mosque dispute reached the local court in 1949 when Mahant Ramchandradas Paramhans approached it for allowing ‘darshan and pujan’ (worshipping and paying obeisance) of Ramlalla.

In the same city, Hashim Ansari, a resident of Kotia locality – about 1.5 km from the disputed site – also approached the court for removing the Lord Rama statue from the Babri mosque.

While Mahant Paramhans died in July 20, 2003, Ansari died in July last year. Ansari was a witness when idols of Ram Lalla appeared at the Babri Masjid site on the night of December 22, 1949.

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