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Day after claiming Babri Masjid land, Nirmohi Akhara says possession papers lost

The constitution bench had sought to know what were the grounds on which the Akhara's claims had been opposed

Wednesday August 7, 2019 8:02 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Ayodhya Case Hearing Today

New Delhi: The Nirmohi Akhara, one of the main parties in the Babri Masjid land case, told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that they had "lost" the documents establishing their possession of the "Ram Janmabhoomi site" in a dacoity in 1982.

The submission by the Akhara came on the second day of day-to-day hearing in Ayodhya dispute as the constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked its counsel: "Do you have oral or documentary proof or revenue records of the possession of the Ram Janmabhoomi before the attachment?"

In response, counsel Sushil Jain informed the bench that a dacoity took place in 1982 and they lost all the records, proving their ownership, in this incident.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice Gogoi, started daily hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit from Tuesday and on the very first day, the Akhara laid full claim to the disputed 2.77 acre core area, saying it had been under its possession and its management.

Jain had also said the practice of worshipping Ram Lalla has been continuing at the site for hundreds of years, or from time "immemorial". The counsel also read out the written submission filed by those who opposed the Akhara's claims of mandatory injunctions.

The constitution bench had sought to know what were the grounds on which the Akhara's claims had been opposed.

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

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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