Ayodhya Hearing: Live Updates from Supreme Court [Day 39]
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Ayodhya Hearing: Live Updates from Supreme Court [Day 39]

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The hearing in the Ayodhya case is progressing at the Supreme Court of India.

The Ayodhya case is being heard by a Constitution Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer.

Hearings had commenced on August 6, with arguments being made on behalf of the Nirmohi Akhara. In the following hearings, submissions were made on behalf of the other Hindu parties; the deity Ram Lalla and the Ram Janmabhoomi Punaruddhar Samiti, and, thereafter, for the Muslim parties.

This was followed by rejoinder arguments for the Hindu parties, and thereafter the reply on behalf of the Muslim parties commenced. Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhawan yesterday concluded his reply arguments for the Muslim parties. Rejoinder arguments on behalf of the Hindu parties have commenced today.

Below are live updates from today’s hearing in the Ayodhya case:

  • Senior Counsel K Parasaran making his rejoinder arguments, stresses the importance of the birthplace of Lord Ram for the Hindus. There are many mosques in Ayodhya but can’t change the birthplace, Parasaran.
  • Court asks Parasaran about possessory title without adverse possession. Chandrachud J: A party may not have to gone as far as to establish adverse possession but can they claim title by seeking declaration of possessory title?
  • Justice S Abdul Nazeer asks, Can you assume right in yourself based on possession without establishing adverse possession based on Section 110 of Evidence Act that there is no opposition.
  • Bench rises for Lunch

Post Lunch Session:

  • K Parasaran concludes, CS Vaidyanathan commences his submissions.
  • They (Muslims) have come up with this argument of dedication by long use. But there is an admission of the deity being the prior owner, CS Vaidyanathan.
  • Heated exchange between Vaidyanathan and Rajeev Dhavan. “I cannot go on like this with running commentary going on from one side”, Vaidyanathan on Dhavan making comments.
  • “Stop it, stop it. You were the one making comments while I was arguing”, Dhavan. “How can he speak like that asking me to stop it”, Vaidyanathan says and stops arguing for a brief period and sits. CJI Ranjan Gogoi diffuses the situation.
  • “Everybody makes remarks. You did it, he is doing. We also do it”, says CJI Gogoi. Vaidyanathan resumes his arguments.
  • There can’t be a dedication to wakf when the place was being used by Hindus for worship, CS Vaidyanathan.
  • A dedication of a property as a mosque cannot take place when there was joint possession of the property with the same being used a temple/ deity too, Vaidyanathan.
  • If the place is sanctified as a deity and if Hindus continued to worship at that place, there cannot be a claim of adverse possession by Muslims, CS Vaidyanathan.
  • Bench rises for the day.

Read an account of Day 1 of the arguments in the Ayodhya case here. Accounts of the arguments made on Days 2 and 3 can be read here and here. Arguments made on Day 5 can be read here.

Day 6 arguments can be read here and Day 7 arguments can be read here. Day 8 arguments can be read here. Day 9 arguments can be read here. Day 10 arguments can be read here.

An account of day 15 arguments can be read here and an account of day 16 arguments can be read here. An account of Day 17 arguments can be read here. An account of Day 21 arguments can be read here. An account of Day 22 arguments may be read here. Day 24 arguments can be read here. Day 25 arguments may be read here. An account of the arguments that took place on Days 26 and 27 may be read here. Read an account of Day 29 here. 

An account of Day 30 can be read here. and and account of Day 31 may be read here. An account of Day 32 arguments can be read here. An account of Day 33 arguments can be read here. An account of Day 34 arguments can be read here. An account of Day 35 arguments can be read here. An account of Day 36 arguments can be read here. An account of Day 37 arguments can be read here. Day 38 arguments may be read here.

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