The Board also sought to contradict the Shia Wakf Board’s claim that it was willing to hand over the land for building a Ram temple and said that their stand in a written statement before the HC was that the land must go to Muslims whenever it is released.
Dhavan, who had accepted that idols of Hindu deities were being worshiped in Ram Chabutara on the outer courtyard of the disputed site and that the Nirmohi Akhara had shebait rights, said this did not give them any ownership rights.
Senior Counsel Rajeev Dhavan, who is appearing for the Board, and appellant M Siddiq accepted this while discussing shebait rights claimed by Nirmohi Akhara, one of the three parties to the title suit.
The clarification by the apex court came when senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, representing Muslim parties including M Siddiq and the All India Sunni Waqf Board, raised objections that it will not be possible for him to take part in the proceedings five days a week.
CJI Gogoi is due to retire on November 7 and Friday’s decision will mean that the hearing will have to be completed and a judgment delivered during his tenure, failing which the matter will have to be heard afresh.
The apex court further added that if after going through the report, they find that it does not suggest any amicable solution and the mediation needs to be concluded, then a day-to-day hearing will begin from July 25.
Mayawati also slammed the BJP government at the Centre for going against the spirit of the Constitution on the basis of casteism, communalism, religious frenzy, tension and violence along with negative and narrow nationalism.
The Centre on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court asking that it be allowed to had over the non-disputed land acquired around the disputed site to its original owners. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath welcomed the Centre's move.