Ayodhya Ram Mandir Hearing Live: Arguments conclude in decades-old dispute, verdict reserved

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Ayodhya Case Hearing Live Updates: The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict after arguments in the decades-old  Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya concluded.  The apex court has also asked all the parties to submit within three days written submission over relief sought from the court against the Allahabad High Court’s 2010  verdict which said that he disputed site should be divided into three equal parts among Ram Lalla, Nirmohia Akhara and Sunni Wakf Board.

As soon as the arguments in the case began today, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said that the hearing in the case will conclude today by 5 PM. "This matter is going to be over by 5 pm today. Enough is enough," CJI Gogoi said.

The daily hearings in the politically sensitive case have been continuing since August 6 when the mediation process failed to yield any result and October 17 was fixed as the deadline for both the parties to conclude their arguments. The apex court is expected to announce its verdict before November 17, the date when CJI Gogoi is set to retire.

The court witnessed heated exchanges between the two sides during the hearing. At  one point, CJI Ranjan Gogoi even warned that the judges will walk out if the decorum of the court is not maintained. The CJI’s angry reaction came after senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, representing the Muslim sides in the case, tore maps and other documents handed over to him by counsel representing the Hindu Mahasabha.

Arguing on behalf of the Hindu party or Ram Lalla Virajman, senior advocate K Parasaran on Tuesday said there are numerous mosques in Ayodhya where Muslims can offer prayers but the birthplace of Ram can not be changed.

"Muslims can pray in any other mosque as well. There are 55-60 mosques in Ayodhya alone. But for Hindus, it is the birthplace of Lord Ram. We can’t change the birthplace," Parasaran, a former advocate general, argued in the 5-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer are the other members of the bench.