The dispute over the ownership of Ram Janambhoomi- Babri Masjid land has once again made the headlines. The Supreme Court bench comprising of Justice Dipak Mishra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Abdul Naseer will hear the petitions challenging the previous decision of Allahbad High Court today at 2 p.m.
On July 21, the Supreme Court agreed to list the matter for hearing on the basis of a petition filed by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy. He filed a petition for urgent listing of the case as appeals against the decision of Allahbad High Court have been pending for 7 years.
The controversy started on December 6, 1992 when some Hindu protestors demolished Babri Masjid claiming that the land was the birthplace of Ram and belonged to Hindus. The country witnessed massive communal riots that claimed more than 2000 lives.
In 2010, the Lucknow bench divided the disputed 2.77 acre land between Sunni Wakf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla, with 2 parts to Hindus and 1 part of the land to the Muslims. All the three parties challenged the Allahbad High Court’s decision.
Recently on August 8, the Shia Waqf Board told the apex court that a mosque can be built in the Muslim-dominated area, far away from the disputed site. The Supreme Court will hear all the petitions filed with regards to the case today to decide the final fate of the disputed Ayodhya land.
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