The Supreme Court has decided to hear the Ram Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid dispute case for an extra hour from next Monday to conclude the hearing before the October 18 deadline fixed by it.
A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, which was hearing the decades-old politically sensitive land dispute on 28th day, told the counsel for both the Hindu and Muslim parties that it has decided to rise at 5 pm instead of 4 pm, which is the scheduled time to wrap up the day’s proceedings in the apex court.
Chief Justice Gogoi had earlier indicated that the final arguments by the parties to the case would be completed by October 18. The Chief Justice is expected to deliver the verdict before he retires on November 17.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too at a rally asked parties to accept the verdict by the Supreme Court when it is delivered.
“In the last 2-3 weeks, some ‘bayan bahadur’ (roughly translates into motormouths) have started speaking nonsense on Ram temple. It’s necessary to have respect for the Supreme Court. The matter is sub-judice there and all parties are presenting their case and the Supreme Court is listening to them,” PM Modi said at the BJP event in Nashik, according to news agency ANI.
“I am astonished where did these ‘bayan bahadur’ come from? Why are they creating obstacles? We should trust Supreme Court, the Constitution and the judiciary of India. I request these people to trust the judiciary of India, for God’s sake,” he said.