The Supreme Court has reserved its judgment in the Ayodhya case. The judgment has been reserved after a 40-day hearing in the case, the second-longest in the apex court's history. All the written submissions and moulding of reliefs have been to be submitted within three days.
After lunch the proceedings went like these:
02.21 PM: Hearing resumes
02.27 PM: Will only hear HS Jain for Mahasabha, PN Mishra for Jirnodhar Samiti and Rajiv Dhawan for Muslim side, says CJI
CJI Ranjan Gogoi replies, "We agree with Mr Dhawan. We said that you're welcome to tear it up if you want."
02:44 PM: Counsel for Muslim parties, Rajeev Dhawan, who earlier tore down a fresh piece of evidence produced by the Hindu Mahasabha, said, "It's going viral that I tore up a map in court. That was done on court orders. I said I want to throw it away but the CJI said you can tear it up."
"We have the right to restore the building. The building was destroyed, but the stones are still there," he said.
03:52 PM: Rakesh Dhawan: "We have said we are entitled to restoration of the building as it existed on December 5, 1992. This plea for restoration comes within our plea for "any other relief"
"The chabutara which is 17x21 is also part of the masjid. The masjid starts at the South wall. You're reading the map in a manner that may be incorrect. The masjid is not only where the domes are. We say that the entire east side is also part of the masjid."
On Justice DYC's observation that the maps seem to indicate that the Ram chabutara was inside the inner courtyard, Rakesh Dhawan said that the map is not to scale on which the decision can be taken. "There is a graveyard on both sides. The map is not a scale," he said.
3:55 PM: ASI map not a scale on which decision can be taken: Rakesh Dhawan
3:59 PM: Arguments closed, Supreme court reserves judgement
4:01: Written submissions, moulding of reliefs in writing to be submitted within 3 days