Ayodhya Case: SC Commences Hearing for 10th Day

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The Supreme Court on Thursday commenced hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case for the tenth day with counsel for the one of the original litigants seeking enforcement of his rights to worship at the disputed site.

Appearing for Gopal Singh Visharad, one of the original litigants, Senior Advocate Ranjit Kumar commenced arguments before a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi which was hearing the title dispute.

Advocate Kumar told a bench which also comprises Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer said that he made his submissions with reference to Parasaran’s and Vaidyanathan’s submissions that the place is itself a divine site and that he being the worshipper, his right to worship which is a civil right should not be curtailed.

Appearing for Ram Lalla Virajaman, Senior Advocates K Prasaran and CS Vaidyanathan which is one of the parties in the decades old dispute had earlier told the bench that the birthplace of Lord Ram at Ayodhya is itself a deity and that no one can claim ownership right over the sacred place by merely putting up a structure-like a mosque.

Vaidyanathan further said that neither Nirmohi Akhara nor the Muslim parties can take the benefit of legal principle of adverse possession to claim ownership right over the 2.77 acre disputed land in Ayodhya.

Fourteen appeals have been filed in the top court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment saying that the 2.77 acre of land in Ayodhya should be equally partitioned among the three parties- Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Waqf Board.

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