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Now, Nirmohi Akhara lays full claim on Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya

The counsel also read out the written submission filed by those who opposed the Akhara's claims of mandatory injunctions

Tuesday August 6, 2019 2:10 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Ayodhya Case Hearing in SC

New Delhi: As the Supreme Court began its Ayodhya land dispute hearing on Tuesday, the Nirmohi Akhara laid full claim to the entire 2.77 acre Babri Masjid land saying it had been under its possession and the Akhara was also in full control of its management.

Sushil Jain, counsel appearing for Nirmohi Akhara, said the "practice of worshipping Ram Lalla has been continuing at the site for hundreds of years". The counsel referred to the period as "immemorial".

The counsel also read out the written submission filed by those who opposed the Akhara's claims of mandatory injunctions.

The Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had sought to know what were the grounds on which the Akhara's claims had been opposed.

At the start of the argument on the first day of hearing, the Akhara underlined its historical significance.

Its counsel informed the Supreme Court that "Jhansi ki Rani" was protected by Nirmohis, members of the Math, during the battle of Jhansi.

"We have been fighting for this for so long because it is an issue of emotions for us," the counsel submitted before the Constitution Bench.

The counsel argued that Hindu parties performed daily prayers and contested the claims of Muslim parties that they offered daily prayers at the disputed site.

He said that Muslims stopped five-times prayers a day at Babri Masjid in 1934 and abandoned the "structure" in December 1949 even for Friday prayers. He said that a place cannot be considered a mosque if prayers are not offered.

"We have staked our claims since 1934. No namaz has been offered there", he said.

The historic mosque believed to be built by Mir Baqi, one of the commanders of Mughal Emperor Babur, was thrown into a controversy as a result of India's communal politics. It was at last demolished in broad daylight on December 06, 1992 by Hindu extremists in the presence of top RSS, BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal and other right wing groups' top leadership.

Following a lenghty judicial battle, the Allahabad High Court had in a verdict pronounced in 2010 equally divided the 2.77 acres of land between Ram Lalla, Sunni Wakf Board and Nirmohi Akhara. Hindus and Muslims however have both challenged the HC verdict in the Supreme Court hearing of which will start from today.

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