Ayodhya dispute: SC asks for land records, Nirmohi Akhara claims they were stolen in 1982

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.

Published: 07th August 2019 07:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th August 2019 08:09 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday expressed concern over the non-availability of revenue records or oral evidence by main petitioners — Nirmohi Akhara in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid disputed site in Ayodhya.

The second day hearing in the decade-old issue saw Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi ask specific queries to senior advocate Sushil Kumar Jain appearing for the Akhara to know if it has any revenue records and oral evidence to establish its possession over the disputed land.

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The apex court found that the Hindu body was ill-prepared to establish its claim. Nirmohi Akhara also claimed that “A dacoity happened in 1982 and we lost records.”

“Now, we are dealing with possession. You have to establish the possession,” the bench said. Giving time to Nirmohi Akhara, the bench asked the other party — Ram Lalla to begin their arguments.

Senior advocate K Prasaran, appearing for deity ‘Ram Lalla’, told a five-judge bench that Ram Janmabhoomi has itself become the personification of the deity and an object of worship for the Hindus. He asked the court how after so many centuries the proof of Lord Ram’s birth at the place can be shown. He told the bench that Valmiki Ramayana mentions at three places that Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya.



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