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The Supreme Court of India will deliver its judgment in the Ayodhya dispute tomorrow. The judgment will be pronounced on a non-working day by a Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer.
The hearing in the Ayodhya case began after the mediation panel report suggested that the parties had not arrived at any settlement. The Court had earlier agreed to give mediation a chance and had set up a three-member mediation panel.
The hearing in the case had lasted for 40 days.
In light of the fact that CJI Gogoi is set to retire this month, the Bench had earlier directed the parties to come up with a timeframe within which the arguments would be concluded. The date for conclusion of arguments was set on October 18, which was agreed upon by the parties. The hearing, however, concluded on October 16, two days before the deadline.
During the course of the hearing, the case saw a contempt petition filed by Senior Counsel Rajeev Dhavan against a professor who wrote a letter to Dhavan objecting to his appearance in the matter. There was also a letter petition filed by RSS ideologue KN Govindacharya seeking live telecast of the case proceedings. While the contempt petition was disposed of after the professor apologised to the Court, the petition for live telecast of the hearing became infructuous.
There was controversy even after the judgment was reserved, when the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Waqf Board reportedly proposed to withdraw its claim over the Babri Masjid site at Ayodhya. However, lawyers for the Muslim parties issued a statement denying the same.
Read day-to-day summaries of the arguments made in Court:
|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|
|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 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 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.|
|Read Day 39 Arguments hearing here|
|Read the final day hearing -Day 40 here|
Read the listing notice: