Judges today said they will start final hearings in the case on December 5 and have asked for all relevant documents to be translated by the Uttar Pradesh government into English within the next three months.
Nearly seven years after the Allahabad High Court's September 30, 2010 order dividing the 2.7-acre disputed land at the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site equally between Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Waqf Board, the Supreme Court is scheduled to take up cross-appeals on August 11.
It has also been put forward by the top court that the parties that have participated to translate the evidence into English within 12 weeks exhibit of paper work.
Additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta appearing on behalf of the state government stressed that the hearing should begin soon and parties can translate the documents which they want to rely on during the hearings.
Earlier, in a major development in the issue, the Shia Waqf Board told the apex court that a mosque can be built near Ram Temple in Ayodhya. On December 6, 1992, Hindu volunteers gathered at the site had demolished the mosque.
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Counsel representing the Sunni Central Waqf Board and Nirmohi Akhara wanted the hearing to commence in January 2018 contending they needed more time to prepare their respective case.
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".
At the outset, BJP Subramanian Swamy submitted that he has filed a writ petition seeking declaration of his right to worship was to be given precedent over the right to property and it must be decided first.
Numerous original plantiffs and defendants in the matter including Mohd Hashim, who was the first person to take the matter to the apex court, have died.
The Allahabad high court had ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acre-site between the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla in 2010. Giving details, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said if the court will dismiss the Opposition party's plea than he won't argue, adding the court has made a decision to listen the opening argument on 5th December.
"Since, the Babri Masjid was a Shia Waqf, we are alone entitled to negotiate and arrive at peaceful settlement with other stakeholders", Shia Waqf Board said in its statement.