40-Day Ayodhya Case Hearing Second Longest In Supreme Court History
The Supreme Court’s hearing in the Ayodhya land dispute case, which lasted for 40 days, was the second longest in the history of the apex court.
The hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title case, involving 2.77 acres of land, had commenced on Aug. 6 and concluded on Oct. 16. The Supreme Court pronounced the verdict on Saturday.
In a unanimous decision, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Hindu parties in the Ayodhya case. The disputed land will be handed over to a trust which will also have representation from the Nirmohi Akhara, the apex court said. It directed allotment of alternate land to Muslims for construction of a mosque.
That land must be at a suitable place in Ayodhya, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said as he read out the salient points of the judgment over 30 minutes.
The arguments in the matter are the second-longest after the Keshvanand Bharti case in 1973 during which the proceedings for propounding the doctrine of the basic structure of the Constitution of India continued for 68 days.
The third longest hearing in the top court was on the validity of the Aadhaar unique identification scheme that lasted for 38 days.