The Supreme Court sets October 18 as a deadline for arguments completion in Ram Mandir and Babri Masjid dispute.

The Supreme Court sets October 18 as a deadline for arguments completion in Ram Mandir and Babri Masjid dispute.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday set October 18 as the deadline for completion of arguments in the Ayodhya land dispute case which has been on daily hearing since August 6, 2019.

The deadline was fixed by a five-judge Constitution Bench on the 26th day of hearing after perusing the tentative schedule submitted by senior advocates CS Vaidyanathan (representing Ram Lalla) and Rajeev Dhavan (representing Muslim parties) as sought by it on Tuesday.

It means the Constitution Bench will have one month time to write the judgment before Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi retires on November 17.

The Bench, which also includes Justice SA Bobde, Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer, made it clear that hearing of the cross-appeals to continue as they were at an advanced stage.

If parties wanted to amicably settle, they might do so and place the confidential settlement before it, the Bench said.

The Constitution Bench also asked the parties, their views on the relief they were seeking as the Allahabad High Court had equally divided the disputed land between Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and the Muslims.

The top court is hearing 14 cross-appeals against the Allahabad High Court’s September 30, 2010 judgment that equally divided the disputed land between Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and Muslims.