New Delhi: A Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi Wednesday categorically stated that the day-to-day hearing in the Ayodhya land dispute case will conclude today, saying “enough is enough”.
The 5-judge Constitution bench made the remarks after the earlier constituted mediation committee filed a settlement document in the court. Attempts to resolve the dispute through mediation had failed.
“This matter is going to be finished today by 5 PM. Enough is enough,” the bench, which also comprises justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, said at the start of the proceedings on the 40th day.
The bench also rejected a plea of a party seeking to intervene in the ongoing hearing and said no such interventions will be allowed now at this stage of proceedings.
The apex court had advanced the deadline for concluding the hearing into the politically sensitive Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid case to 16 October. The CJI demits office on 17 November.
Last month, during hearing in the matter, Gogoi had urged counsel for the parties to make all efforts to ensure that hearing in the case was concluded by 18 October. He had also indicated that the bench was ready to “sit an hour extra every day and even on Saturdays to complete the hearing if needed”.
Senior advocate C.S. Vaidyanathan, appearing for a Hindu party, commenced his submission in response to a lawsuit filed by Sunni Waqf board in 1961 seeking title claim over the 2.77 acre disputed land at Ayodhya.
Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
(With PTI inputs)