Ayodhya, October 16: In the latest development, Sunni Waqf Board, one of the parties in the Ram Janabhoomi – Babri Masjid case, reportedly dropped claims in the title dispute case. According to reports, the Sunni central body will not raise any objection to the government acquiring the disputed land in Ayodhya. Earlier, reports also surfaced that the Muslim party will withdraw the title dispute case. The news of the Sunni Waqf board allowing the government to acquire the disputed site came on the day when the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi concluded hearing in the 134-year-old Ayodhya dispute case.
The top court asked the petitioners to submit the arguments in written over the next three days. The apex court is likely to pronounce the verdict before November 17, the day when the CJI is scheduled to demit office. Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid Case: Section 144 Imposed in Ayodhya Ahead of Supreme Court Hearing.
In the dramatic turnaround of events during the hearing today, senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan, representing the Sunni Waqf Board, tore the map which was presented as a proof by one of the lawyers to prove the existence of Ram Janmabhoomi in pre-medieval age. Reacting to Dhawan’s act, the bench said that the decorum of the court was being lowered. The court also ruled out any possibility of extending the hearing. Ayodhya: VHP Stalls 'Trishul Diksha' Programme Ahead of Supreme Court's Verdict in Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi Title Case.
In 2010, the Allahabad High Court had ordered the land to be divided into three equal parts between the Nirmohi Akhara, the Sunni Waqf Board and the representative for the deity Ram. Till now, 14 appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment.