Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

SC to hear Ayodhya cross-appeals on Dec 5

SC to hear Ayodhya cross-appeals on Dec 5

The Uttar Pradesh government was asked to translate within 10 weeks the evidence recorded for adjudication of the title dispute in the Allahabad High Court into English.

After Central Shia Waqf Board took a backstep in the Ram Janmabhoomi case, a new dimension has been presented before the Supreme Court.

A specially constituted bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, also directed contesting parties to translate their historical documents in English within 12 weeks since these were in eight different languages.

The bench gave time to complete translation of almost 1 lakh pages from eight different languages to English and said the time frame fixed by it for completion of pleadings is final and no adjournment will be granted.

A couple of days earlier, the Shia Waqf Board told the apex court that a mosque could be built near the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

The Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board has already stirred waters with an affidavit urging the SC to set up a "political-judicial" committee to mediate in the Ayodhya case even as it said it was agreeable to the construction of a mosque away from the disputed site.

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Senior advocate Shyam Divan, C S Vaidynathan and others, representing the other side including Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara, submitted the court should not be wasting any more time and start considering the matter. "It is a very serious matter, don't start hearing like this", Sibal said.

The court, however, said it would hear civil appeals and other connected matters would be considered later. "Shia Board, having the jurisdiction and authority of superintendence over Shia Waqf, has come out with an appeal to this Court that in lieu of the one-third share of the land, they will be given land elsewhere for the Mosque. We can't wait for translations", the bench said.

The Supreme Court had put the Allahabad High court verdict on hold on May 9, 2011, describing it as a "rare judgment whose operation has to be stayed". The Chief Justice of India JS Khehar on 21 July agreed to take an early decision after a number of people, including BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, challenged the high court's order.

Swamy made his plea for an early hearing on the grounds that the main appeals against the high court order have been pending for the last seven years.

In September 2010, the Allahabad HC had given the verdict that Lord Ram was born under the central dome of the makeshift temple and Hindus have right to worship there.

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