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The Supreme Court hearing in the Ayodhya Ram Temple-Babri Masjid land case will end by 5 pm on Wednesday, October 16, said Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

"This matter is going to be over by 5 pm today. Enough is enough," Gogoi said,dismissing intervention application by the Hindu Maha Sabha.

Wednesday marks the 40th day of hearing in the case. The SC bench is expected to announce the verdict before the CJI demits office on November 17.

Prior to the last leg of the hearing, Section 144 was imposed in Ayodhyadistrict till December 10. Ayodhya District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha said that the decision was taken in view of the upcoming festivals.

The apex court is hearing a batch of petitions filed by -- Hindu, Muslim and others sides -- challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, which divided the disputed site in Ayodhya into three equal parts.

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2019-10-1616:37 (IST)

SC bench gives contesting parties to submit moulding of relief

The Supreme Court has granted the contesting parties three days to file written note on moulding of relief in Ayodhya land dispute case.

2019-10-1616:06 (IST)

Supreme court reserves verdict in Ayodhya case

The arguments in the Ayodhya case have concluded. The SC bench has reserved verdict.

2019-10-1614:27 (IST)

Muslims have no evidence of the use of land to offer Namaz prior to 1850s: senior counsel PN Mishra

For his rejoinder submissions, senior counsel PN Mishra said Muslims have no evidence of the use of the land or title of it prior to 1856. 

He cited written works and the gazetteer to make a case that the site was not put to use to offer namaz prior to the 1850s.

2019-10-1614:21 (IST)

No information on withdrawal of appeal: Sunni Waqf Board convener

"I have no information on the withdrawal of appeal by Sunni Waqf Board," said All India Babri Masjid Action Committee (AIBMAC) convener Zafaryab Jilani.

Reports earlier this month had claimed a group of Muslim intellectuals under the banner of 'Indian Muslims for Peace' said that as a 'goodwill gesture', majority of Muslims are ready to hand over the disputed 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya to the Centre.

2019-10-1613:16 (IST)

'We can get up and walk out': CJI Gogoi

"If these are the kind of arguments going on, then, we can just get up and walk out," CJI Ranjan Gogoi was quoted as saying by ANI after submissions made by the lawyer for All India Hindu Mahasabha in the case.

2019-10-1612:27 (IST)

Vikas Singh presents a book to justify arguments; Dhavan opposes the move

Senior counsel Vikas Singh presented a book "Ayodhya revisited" by Kunal Kishore as his submission. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, from the Sunni Wakf Board, takes objection to placing the content of the book on record. 

Singh agreed to not use the book as his submission and handed maps and pages he wishes to place reliance on to Dhavan, who tore the pages.

"You can shred it further," said CJI Gogoi, responding to the move, 

2019-10-1612:00 (IST)

Idol a juridical person

It has been held that idol is a juridical person, worshippers are beneficiary. Baba Abhiram Das was found to be the Shebait of the deity, said advocate Jaideep Gupta.

2019-10-1611:59 (IST)

Preexisting right to pray of the Hindus

"I have argued on the preexisting right to pray of the Hindus all along," said Ranjit Kumar.

2019-10-1611:58 (IST)

Argument conclusion by CS Vaidyanathan

Senior Counsel CS Vaidyanathan concluded his rejoinder arguments.

2019-10-1611:22 (IST)

SC set to wrap up the case 27 years after Babri Masjid demolition

The Babri Masjid was demolished on 6 December 1992, by a large group of Hindu activists of the Vishva Hindu Parishad and allied organisations.

The demolition led to large scale riots throughout India and neighbouring countries. 

The SC bench is finally set to conclude the case. 

2019-10-1611:19 (IST)

Day 40 of the hearing

"We have already asked all the intervenors to apportion the time accordingly," CJI Gogoi said.