The bench headed by CJI directed that all the advocates on record will work in harmony and ensure that all documents are filed, if not already filed.
NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court will commence on February 8, 2018 its hearing on a batch of petitions challenging a 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ayodhya title suit that had divided the disputed Babri Masjid site between the Nirmohi Akhara, Lord Ram deity and the Sunni Waqf board.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer directed that all the advocates on record will work in harmony and ensure that all documents are filed, if not already filed.
Citing political ramifications, senior counsel Kapil Sibal asked the court to hear the matter only in July 2019. Meanwhile, appellant Muslim parties questioned the reason for hearing the case now and wondered if there was some kind of “hurry”.
Petitioners are pleading for reasonable time to translate, file and serve the copies of all the exhibits and relevant documents, which were filed before the Allahabad High Court bench at Lucknow.
Sibal told the apex court that there are serious repercussions outside the court whenever the matter is heard. He requested the court to take up the matter on July 15, 2019 once all the pleadings are complete, ANI reported.
Kapil Sibal, who is representing Sunni Waqf Board, raised doubts over ASG Mehta’s claim; asks how more than 19000 pages of documents can be filed in such short time. Sibal also told SC that he and other petitioners have not been provided with all relevant documents.
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta, representing the state of Uttar Pradesh, rebutted Kapil Sibal’s claim. Mehta, told SC that all the related documents and requisite translation copies are on record. — Agencies