Ayodhya Hearing: Live Updates from Supreme Court [Day 7]
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Ayodhya Hearing: Live Updates from Supreme Court [Day 7]

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The hearing in the case relating to the Ayodhya/Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir 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.

The hearing in the case had commenced on August 6, with arguments being made on behalf of the Nirmohi Akhara. In the following hearings, apart from the Nirmohi Akhara, submissions were also made on behalf of the deity Ram Lalla.

Read an account of Day 1 of the arguments 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.

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

  • Senior Counsel CS Vaidyanathan continues his submissions for Ram Lalla
  • Vaidyanathan submits that there are photographs to show that there were sculptures and structures in the mosque structure which shows a temple existed there.
  • No mosques ordinarliy contain pillars with images of deities etc., CS Vaidyanathan.
  • Justice Khan of Allahabad HC has taken the view that certain parts of earlier structure has been used to build the mosque though that will not make it an invalid mosque, CS Vaidyanathan.
  • Even a street can be used to offer prayers but does not mean that street will become or can be treated as a mosque. This structure was never in the true sense considered a mosque, CS Vaidyanathan.
  • The images are contrary to the Islamic beliefs and practices, CS Vaidyanathan.
  • Vaidyanathan placing reliance on photographs showing and evidence of pooja etc. within the mosque. Bench asks when the photograph was taken. Vaidyanathan says 1990.
  • CS Vaidyanathan reading out findings from the ASI report. Justice Bobde: Was carbon dating done? CS Vaidyanathan: It was done with respect to the excavated materials. Rajeev Dhavan: Carbon dating can be done only of organic material, not of idols.
  • Justice Bobde inquires if some carbon dating was done. Dhavan explains, carbon dating can be done of items like bones etc that are carbon; not of things like bricks and metal. CS Vaidyanathan says idols spoken of were excavated but not carbon dated.
  • Bench rises for lunch and will reassemble at 2pm.

Post-Lunch Session

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