SC reserves Ayodhya verdict

A Supreme Court five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday ended the Ramjanmabhumi-Babri Masjid title case marathon hearing. The bench gave the contesting parties three days before wrapping up the case to file written notes on ‘ molding relief ‘ or narrowing down the issues on which the court is expected to decide in this case.

For 40 days, the Constitutional Bench has heard the case, the second longest oral hearing of the top court in its history. The bench, which also includes judges S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, is hearing appeals against the Allahabad high court’s 30 September 2010 judgment ordering a tripartite division of the disputed 2,77 acres in Ayodhya.

On November 17, when Chief Justice Gogoi retires, the Supreme court is expected to deliver its ruling.

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