New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Daily hearings in the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya will conclude today, said Chief Justice of Indin Ranjan Gogoi. The conclusion of arguments will bring down curtains on the judicial battle between Hindu and Muslim parties in the vexatious matter after 70 years.

On the 40th and final day of the hearing today, the CJI-led five judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court has allocated initial 45 minutes to Hindu parties followed by one hour to Muslim side, and then four slots of 45 minute each to assorted parties involved in the matter. This is then likely to be followed by moulding of relief in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.

Giving the time frame to the concerned parties, the apex court said it would extend the hearing duration and sit till 5 pm on Wednesday to give time for final submissions and rejoinders to the Hindu and Muslim parties. The court also sat till 5 pm on Tuesday.

The top court had began the day-to-day hearing in the vexatious dispute on August 6 after the mediation proceedings failed to find an amicable solution. It had set October 18 as the last date to conclude hearing in the matter, but later preponed it to October 17. The judgment in the matter is to be pronounced by November 17, the day the Chief Justice of India will demit the office.

Here are the LIVE updates on the Supreme Court hearing in Ayodhya land dispute:

04:00 pm: Day-to-day hearings conclude in Ayodhya case, Supreme Court reserves order.

03:56 pm: On demolition of mosque in 1992, Bar & Bench quotes Dhavan as saying: "What was destroyed was of Muslims, the right of its reconstruction and restoration can only be with the Muslims."

03:48 pm: Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan reiterates the demand to restore the mosque at the disputed site. "The right to reconstruct the building belongs to us. The bricks are still there...The place still belongs to Waqf," News 18 quotes Dhavan as saying.

03:21 pm: Dhavan calls PN Mishra's argument on grant of land "foolish". Mishra opposes the submission. Dhavan says it is about the argument, nothing personal. Justice Chandrachud reprimands Dhavan and asks him not to make personal comments. 

03:14 pm: On the incident of tearing of the pages in Court in the morning session, Dhavan says: "The incident is going viral. But fact is that I wanted to throw the pages away and the CJI said I may tear them. And I tore them so I'd say it was with the permission of Court".

CJI Gogoi agrees with Dhavan and clarifies in the Court that he indeed said Dhavan may tear the pages.

03:12 pm: Hindu Mahasabha has variations in their submissions in the case, says Rajeev Dhavan.

02:33 pm: Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for Sunni Waqf Board, gives rejoinder submissions in Supreme Court. On Shebait, he said that Dharam Das was never the Shebait, only a pujari. 

02:30 pm: Zafaryab Jilani, Advocate Sunni Waqf Board on reports of Sunni Waqf Board withdrawing appeal in Ayodhya case: "Any application of withdrawal will be given in court, no application has been filed."

02:25: Hearing in Ayodhya land case in Supreme Court resumes post lunch.

12:26 pm: Vikas Singh agrees to not to place reliance on the book, hands over maps and pages he wishes to place reliance on. Dhavan, appearing for Sunni Waqf Board, tears the pages handed to him to lodge his opposition. CJI Gogoi to Dhavan: You can shred it further

12:25 pm: CJI Ranjan Gogoi after submissions made by lawyer for All India Hindu Mahasabha: If these are the kind of arguments going on, then, we can just get up and walk out.

12:01pm: The Hindu parties, VHP-backed Ram Janmastan Nyas and the Deity represented by next friend had refused to take part in the mediation process, reports Times of India.

11:39 am: Concluding his rejoinder arguments for the Hindu side, senior counsel CS Vaidyanathan said that while there is some evidence that the Muslims offered Friday prayers at the disputed site from 1857 till 1934, there is no evidence that they offered prayers there after 1934. "But the Hindu side continued to offer prayers on the site. They say we tried to dispossess them. Why would we if we did not believe in the janmasthan? The submission only reinforces our claim," The Indian Express quoted Vaidyanathan as saying.

11:04 am: SC appointed mediation panel appears to have reached a kind of settlement between litigating Hindu and Muslim parties on Ayodhya land dispute. The panel may file it before SC soon, reported Times of India.

10:49 am: While dismissing intervention application of one of the parties Hindu Maya Sabha, the CJI said: "This matter is going to be over by 5 pm today. Enough is enough."

10:44 am: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi declares that at 5 PM today the hearing in the case will have concluded. "We have already asked all the intervenors to apportion the time accordingly."

09:58 am: Section 144 has been imposed across Ayodhya district till December 10, 2019 which prohibits assembly of four or more persons. 

09:50 am: Fixing the schedule for the final leg of the lengthy arguments, the Supreme Court had 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.

09:45 am: Fourteen appeals have been filed in the Supreme Court against the Allahabad High Court’s 2010 judgment, delivered in four civil suits, which had partitioned the 2.77-acre disputed land equally among the three parties -- the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta