In the Ayodhya land dispute case, Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi notified that the historic hearing of the 134-year-old title suit will conclude at 5 PM on October 16, on the 40th day of the hearing, instead of October 17. According to reports, the CJI said, "We will rise by 5 pm. Enough is enough."
In a sensational twist to the Ayodhya case, the Sunni Waqf board surrendered its claim over the disputed land in Ayodhya. The decision came in light of an agreement reached between a few parties during the mediation proceedings, at the final leg of the hearing on the 2.77 acres disputed land.
As per reports, the mediators would submit a new report before the Supreme Court intimidating an "agreement" reached between a few parties in the contentious Ayodhya case. The first reference of the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute was in 1822 by a Faizabad court official. The Faizabad civil court order in 1949 came which stated, "all the three sets of parties, that is Muslims, Hindus and Nirmohi Akhara are declared joint title holders of the property/premises in dispute to the extent of one-third share each for using and managing the same for worshipping."
On September 19, the Sunni Waqf Board had welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to pave the way for the mediation panel to resume talks over the Ayodhya land dispute. The Sunni Board releasing a press brief on its stance on the issue stated that a mutual amicable settlement will be beneficial for both the communities.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday saw sharp exchanges between the lawyers representing Hindu and Muslim parties during the proceedings in the politically sensitive Ayodhya case. A 5-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was hearing arguments of former Attorney General and senior advocate K Parasaran, appearing for a Hindu party. He was responding to the lawsuit filed by the Sunni Waqf Board and others in 1961 to seek claim over the disputed site at Ayodhya.
Supreme Court had, in July, asked the mediation panel to submit a final report on the mediation between the two parties, and in case if that fails, the apex court would begin daily hearing of the case. The mediation did not plan out and the Supreme Court thus went ahead with the day-to-day hearing. The hearings started on August 6, 2019, and a five-judge bench presided over the meetings. The Apex court has asked for mediation panels to work on a solution on multiple occasions even during the proceedings, but a solution could not be reached between the parties.