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A five-judge bench, led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi is likely to schedule a date for the final hearing, decide the frequency of hearing and the time to be allotted, of the title suit of the Ayodhya case, today.

The Ayodhya Dispute is amongst the most sensitive issue in the country. It is centred on a plot of land in Ayodhya.The main issues are, access to a site traditionally regarded among Hindus to be the birthplace of the Hindu deity Lord Rama ,the history and location of the Babri Masjid at the site, and whether a previous Hindu temple was demolished or modified to create the mosque.

The Babri Masjid was demolished during a political rally that turned violent, which resulted into a riot on 6 December 1992. A subsequent land title case was lodged in the Allahabad High Court, the verdict of which was pronounced on 30 September 2010. In the landmark hearing, the three judges of The Allahabad High Court ruled that the 2.77 acres (1.12 ha) of Ayodhya land be divided into 3 parts, with 1/3 going to the Ram Lalla or Infant Rama represented by Hindu Mahasabha for the construction of the Ram temple, 1/3 going to the Islamic Sunni Waqf Board and the remaining 1/3 going to a Hindu religious denomination Nirmohi Akhara.

With elections knocking the door, the right wing group wants the Ayodhya dispute to be resolved as early as possible.

Earlier, PM Narendra Modi was seen targeting the Congress for the delay in the case.

Last year, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackerey visited Ayodhya in an attempt to remind the BJP government that the Ram Temple is to be constructed soon.

Senior BJP leader, Subramaniam Swamy who is a strong advocate of Ram Temple believes that an ordinance must be brought by the government in order to secure the ownership of the disputed land.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, however , asserted that any decision on an executive order on the temple issue cannot be made until the judicial process is over, in his interview with the ANI correspondent.

The Ram Temple construction is amongst the core agendas of BJP’s politics. It was also mentioned in the BJP’s 2014 manifesto.

Last month, the government asked the Supreme Court for permission to hand over part of the land near the disputed site to the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, the trust overseeing the temple plan.

Today, the top court will also hear a petition by Ram devotees that challenges the acquisition of 2.77 acres and 67.07 acres of land at Ayodhya by the centre in 1993.

Along with the ‘sensitive’ Ayodhya Land Dispute, the Supreme Court of India is also likely to hear the review petitions filed in the controversial RAFALE case, against its December 14 judgement.

The bench would comprise of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice SK Kaul and Justice KM Joseph. As per the SC rules, review petitions are decided by the judges in chambers through circulations and not in open court. In case the judges opine that the petitions deserve an open court hearing then they would give a date for the same.

Previously, in the RAFALE case, Prashant Bhushan, Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha moved to the top court seeking initiation of perjury proceedings against the Central Government Officials, alleging them of producing false or misleading information in a sealed cover to the Supreme Court of India, in the RAFALE matter.



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