Section 144 Imposed in Ayodhya till Dec 10

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The district administration has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC across Ayodhya district till December 10 keeping in mind the safety and security of the people, upcoming festivals and the court verdict as the protracted hearing in the politically sensitive Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land resumes proceedings on the 38th day after a week-long Dussehra break.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, which started the day-to-day proceedings on August 6 after mediation proceedings failed to find an amicable solution to the vexatious dispute, has revised the deadline for wrapping up the proceedings and has fixed it for October 17.

It may be mentioned that 14 appeals have been filed in the court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, which was delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77 acre of land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties- the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

The bench also comprises of Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer earlier, who said that it would wrap up the hearing by October 17, a day sooner than the earlier scheduled.

The bench, fixing the schedule for the final leg of the lengthy arguments said that the Muslim side would complete the arguments on October 14 and thereafter, two days would be granted to the Hindu parties, to sum up their rejoinders by October 16.

However, October 17 would be the last day for wrapping up the hearing when the parties will have to make the final arguments about the relief they are seeking, said the court.

The court also said that October 17 would be the last day for wrapping up the hearing when the parties will have to make the final arguments about the relief they are seeking. The bench had earlier fixed the deadline of October 18 to conclude the hearing.

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