The top court said it would wrap up the hearing in the Ayodhya case by October 17, a day sooner than the earlier schedule
Lucknow: The Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case has reached the final stage in the Supreme Court. The top court had earlier asked both the sides to complete the presentation of their cases by October 18.
However, it seems the dispute may resolve this time. Yesterday a group of Muslim intellectuals has called for negotiation in the settlement of the case. They also said that even if the Muslim side were to win the legal title suit in the top court, they should gift the disputed land at Ayodhya to Hindus. The group calls themselves ‘Indian Muslims for Peace’ and includes intellectuals like former Aligarh Muslim University Vice-Chancellor Lieutenant General Zameer Uddin Shah, who has served as the Deputy Chief of Army Staff.
Arguing in the matter, Lieutenant General Shah said that even if the court rules in favour of the Muslims, it won’t be possible to build a mosque in Ayodhya?. He added that seeing the surcharged atmosphere in the country, that is a dream that cannot be fulfilled. “In case the judgment is in favour, with the Muslim community to gift it to the majority community that is Hindu in return for a cast-iron guarantee that the places of worship amendment act have to be given strength,” said
The group’s meeting came even as the hearing in the politically sensitive case before a five-judge Constitution bench has reached its concluding stage.
The bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, had earlier fixed the deadline of October 18 to conclude the hearing. Justices S.A. Bobde, D.Y. Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S.A. Nazeer are the other members of the bench. However, the top court said it would wrap up the hearing by October 17, a day sooner than the earlier schedule.
On October 14 the Muslim side would complete the arguments. Thereafter, two days would be granted to the Hindu parties, to sum up by October 16. On November 17 the judgment in the matter is to be pronounced, the day the CJI will retire.