Minutes after the Supreme Court reserved its verdict in the Ayodhya's Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, senior advocate Zafaryab Jilani said defended the actions of advocate Rajeev Dhavan tearing a book named 'Ayodhya Revisited'. Jilani, who is also convener of All India Babri Masjid Action Committee (AIBMAC), said that Rajeev Dhawan's action was in consent to the court. He went on to add that the judges in the apex court were not angry. He also said that mediation settlement is not possible and that Zafar Ahmed Farooqi, chairman of Central Sunni Wakf Board has not informed about any settlement.
As the Ayodhya case entered the last day of hearing, in a distasteful move, senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who is representing the Muslim group in the case tore a book inside the courtroom. The book in question ‘Ayodhya Revisited’ was submitted to the bench by senior advocate Vikas Singh to supplement his arguments. Dhavan objected to the submission and tore the pages of the book. The bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi condemning the incident stated that if the behaviour continues, they would halt the proceedings and walk out.
In a significant twist on the 40th day of the day-to-day hearing in the Ayodhya case, mediation panel of Justice FMI Kalifulla, Senior advocate Sriram Panchu, and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar filed a settlement report before the Supreme Court. This came after 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. The mediation panel submitted the sealed report in the apex court.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Wednesday, October 16, reserved the verdict in the contentious and politically-sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid land dispute case. The bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, and comprising of SC judges Justices S.A. Bopde, D.Y. Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan, S. Abdul Nazeer reserved the verdict in the case after hearing the concluding arguments from the parties. The oral arguments in the long-pending Ayodhya case has been concluded. The apex court has given three days' time to the parties to file any written submissions.