Ayodhya title dispute hearings from December 5

On December 6 1992 the VHP and BJP organised a rally at the mosque and the 150,000-strong crowd overwhelmed security forces before tearing down the mosque

Ayodhya dispute: Apex court begins hearing pleas against HC verdict

The Supreme Court, that today began hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit dispute, granted time till December 5 to translate the historic documents related to the case. "No adjournments shall be granted for the goal", the bench, also comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, told the counsel.

Supreme Court on Friday while hearing a batch of petitions in the Ayodhya Ram Janm Bhoomi dispute case granted three months time for making translation of the historic documents after the Sunni Waqf Board had sought a time period of at least four months to translate the historical documents.

The Bench said other documents in the form of 533 exhibits cited in the High Court's verdict will have to be translated by the parties which choose to rely on them.

This suggestion was strongly objected to by the Sunni Waqf Board represented by senior advocate Anoop Chaudhari and senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Rajeev Dhawan, appearing for some of the opposing parties.

Mr Sibal brought to the notice of the bench that there are voluminous records, scripts and documents in seven languages, Sanskrit, Pali, Hindi, Persian, Arabic, Punjabi and Urdu which are to be translated to English. They were supported by Nirmohi Akhara represented by senior counsel Sushi Kumar Jain.

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Justices Sudhir Agarwal and Justice DV Sharma on the high court bench had concluded in their separate judgments that Lord Ram, son of King Dashrath, was born within the 1,482.5 square yards of the disputed premises over 900,000 years ago during the Treta Yuga.

There were near acrimonious scenes during the hearing as several advocates attempted to speak simultaneously and commented on each other. Referring to the gazetteer of the district which contained references to Babri Masjid, the Shia Waqf Board said, "It shows that according to local affirmations, Babar came to Ajodhia in 1528 AD".

The contested site, in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya city, was the scene of a searing act of religious violence in 1992 when Hindu activists tore down an ancient mosque, known as the Babri Masjid, on the property.

The RSS, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and BJP have been running a campaign for construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya. "Maybe that Babar ordered Abdul Mir Baqi to build mosque, Mir Baqi (Shia) chose the site and having demolished the temple got the mosque built and dedicated it to the God, thereby creating a Shia Wakf". Many BJP leaders, including LK Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi, are facing a criminal case in connection with the demolition. The Sunni Waqf Board tells Supreme Court that the translation of historic documents is not complete yet.

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