Today, the Supreme Court is going to hear the petitions on the Ram Janmabhoomi and Babri Masjid conflict that has been prevalent since the demolition of the mosque in 1992. Dipak Misra, the Chief Justice of India is going to head the bench, along with Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer that will hear the petitions at 2 pm. Previously, the bench had decided to hold a final hearings round, when it had rejected Kapil Sibal’s appeal that the hearings to be deferred till the Lok Sabha elections that are going to take place in 2019. Sibal’s comments had been controversial, and Prime Minister Modi had asked his intentions of relating the conflict with the elections and there had been suggestions from politicians if this was done for political gain.
Allahbad court, in 2010 had given the judgement on the dispute in which it had granted two-thirds of the land to Hindu community, Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, and said that they could keep a temple under its premises, and had given a third of the land to the Sunni Central Waqf Board, which represents the Sunni Muslim community in India.
This had led the two communities to lodge petitions in the Court, asking for changes in the orders. The disputed land is 2.7 acres. Babri Masjid had been demolished by right wing protesters, as they claimed that it was built atop the ruins of the birthplace of Lord Ram, a temple which had been destroyed in the 16th century. This had led to violent riots and the death of 2 thousand people.