The Supreme Court is to commence “final hearings” Babri Masjid dispute case.

Three judges of the Supreme Court  to start “final hearings” on a bunch of 13 petitions over the 2.7 acre disputed Ayodhya site that is claimed by both Hindus and Muslims. The hearing will start at 2 p.m today.

The top court’s bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had earlier signalled its intention to hold the last round of hearings, rejecting a suggestion by senior lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal to defer hearings till after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

This verdict is essential as a lot of political game-play has been around this issue. Political parties and individuals have voiced their views.

The first case filed in January 1885 by Mahant Raghubir Das seeking permission to construct a temple on the chabutara outside the Babri Masjid was dismissed. The mandir-masjid issue then remained in suspended animation until the night of December 22, 1949, when trespassers broke into the Babri Masjid and installed an idol of Ram.

The petitions before the judges relate to the 2010 verdict of the Allahabad High Court in the title suit that had been pending for nearly six decades. The high court allotted two-thirds of the land to Hindus and said they could keep a makeshift temple built over the razed mosque’s central dome. Both Hindu and Muslim organisations appealed to the Supreme Court, which, in March this year, advised them to settle for an out-of-court settlement.

The Chief Justice had also censured the senior lawyers for the manner in which they argued. “Raising voices will never be tolerated. Argue on legal principles, directing all the lawyers involved to debate on legal grounds strictly.

We’ll have to wait and see how the issue rolls out in the court today.