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Ayodhya land: Supreme Court allows Muslim parties to submit written note

The counsel requested that they be allowed to bring their written note on moulding of relief on record for the perusal of the five-judge Constitution bench

By PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 21.10.19, 11:52 AM
  • Updated 21.10.19, 12:14 PM
  • 2 mins read
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The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the the Ayodhya land case Muslim parties to file their written note in the decades-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case.

The Muslim side, including the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Wakf Board, have submitted that the verdict will have "consequences" for the future polity of the country.

One of the counsel for Muslim parties submitted before a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that they be allowed to bring their written note on moulding of relief on record for the perusal of the five-judge Constitution bench which had reserved its verdict on October 16 after conducting a 40-day hearing in the politically sensitive land dispute case.

In the note, the Muslim parties wrote that whichever way the decision goes, it will "impact future generations" and "have consequences for the polity of this country". The note was prepared by senior lawyer Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for the Muslim parties. "This court's decision may impact the minds of millions who are citizens of this country and who believe in constitutional values embraced by all when India was declared a republic on January 26, 1950". The court will have to consider the consequences of its historic judgement by moulding the relief in a fashion that will reflect the constitutional values that this great nation espouses.

"We hope that the court... upholds our multi-religious and multicultural values in resolving the issues confronting it. Moulding the relief is the responsibility of this court, which itself is the sentinel of our Constitution. When moulding the relief, this court must also consider how future generations will view this verdict," it said.

The bench which also comprises Justices S.A. Bobde and S.A. Nazeer, however, pointed out that the contents of the written note, filed in the sealed cover have already been reported in some sections of media.

The court reserved the verdict in the politically sensitive case on October 16 and asked the two sides, including the deity Ram Lalla, which is represented by next friend Deoki Nandan Agrawal, and the Sunni Central Wakf Board to submit their written notes in three days.

On Saturday, the Hindu and Muslims parties filed the submissions. The counsel for Ram Lalla said Hindus had been worshipping at the disputed area "since time immemorial" and the birth place of the Lord Ram is "non-negotiable".