SC adjournes Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi title suite, next hearing on March 14

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned the hearing in politically-sensitive Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title suite as some documents and translations have not yet been filed. The next hearing is scheduled on March 14.

A special bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer has taken up 13 appeals filed against the judgment of the Allahabad High Court, which ruled a three-way split of the disputed 2.77 acres in Ayodhya.

The disputed plot has been divided among the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla by three-judge bench of the Allahabad High Court in 2010 with majority of 2:1.

The chief justice on Thursday said that the court would treat the case as a land dispute only.

The SC bench had made clear on December 5 last year, that it would begin final hearing on the petitions from February 8 and had asked the parties to file the requisite pleadings in the meantime.

On December 5, 2017, the court had rejected senior advocate Kapil Sibal’s request to push the hearing to July 2019, after the next Lok Sabha elections are over. Sibal also asked for a seven-judge Constitution bench of the top court to hear the case, which was turned down.

On December 6, 1992, the mosque was demolished by lakhs of karsevaks who had gathered at the site from across the country. The incident had triggered communal riots across the country. The karsevaks had claimed that the land on which the mosque stood was the birthplace of Ram.