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SC to continue day-to-day hearing

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Aug 9 - The Supreme Court on Friday made it clear that it would continue with the day-to-day hearing of the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case and assured a counsel for Muslim parties of giving midweek breaks for preparing arguments, if needed.

The apex court reverted to the objections raised by senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, representing the Muslim parties, including M Siddiq and All India Sunni Waqf Board, that it will not be possible for him to take part in the proceedings on all five working days of the week.

�We will continue day-to-day hearing as ordered earlier,� a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said at the fag end of the fourth day�s proceedings in the case in which senior lawyer K Parasaran, appearing for deity �Ram Lalla Virajman�, put forth his submissions.

The bench took note of Dhavan�s submissions in the morning that it will be �inhuman� and �practically impossible� for him to prepare his case if the apex court stuck to its decision to hear the land dispute case from Monday to Friday every week till the conclusion. The bench, however, assured Dhavan it would consider granting midweek breaks to the senior lawyer if he needs them for preparing the case.

The bench then fixed the Ayodhya case hearing on next Tuesday as the court is off next Monday on account of Eid.

As soon as the counsel for the deity commenced advancing arguments, Dhavan intervened and objected to the five-days-a-week hearing of the case, saying he will �not be able to assist� the court if the hearing is �rushed through�.

�It is not possible to assist the court if it is heard on all days of the week. This is the first appeal and the hearing cannot be rushed in this manner and I am put to torture,� he said.

The apex court was hearing first appeals after the Allahabad High Court delivered the verdict in the case and the hearing as such cannot be rushed through, he said. � PTI

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SC to continue day-to-day hearing

NEW DELHI, Aug 9 - The Supreme Court on Friday made it clear that it would continue with the day-to-day hearing of the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case and assured a counsel for Muslim parties of giving midweek breaks for preparing arguments, if needed.

The apex court reverted to the objections raised by senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, representing the Muslim parties, including M Siddiq and All India Sunni Waqf Board, that it will not be possible for him to take part in the proceedings on all five working days of the week.

�We will continue day-to-day hearing as ordered earlier,� a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said at the fag end of the fourth day�s proceedings in the case in which senior lawyer K Parasaran, appearing for deity �Ram Lalla Virajman�, put forth his submissions.

The bench took note of Dhavan�s submissions in the morning that it will be �inhuman� and �practically impossible� for him to prepare his case if the apex court stuck to its decision to hear the land dispute case from Monday to Friday every week till the conclusion. The bench, however, assured Dhavan it would consider granting midweek breaks to the senior lawyer if he needs them for preparing the case.

The bench then fixed the Ayodhya case hearing on next Tuesday as the court is off next Monday on account of Eid.

As soon as the counsel for the deity commenced advancing arguments, Dhavan intervened and objected to the five-days-a-week hearing of the case, saying he will �not be able to assist� the court if the hearing is �rushed through�.

�It is not possible to assist the court if it is heard on all days of the week. This is the first appeal and the hearing cannot be rushed in this manner and I am put to torture,� he said.

The apex court was hearing first appeals after the Allahabad High Court delivered the verdict in the case and the hearing as such cannot be rushed through, he said. � PTI