Section 144 has imposed in Ayodhya district till December 10 in anticipation of a verdict in Ayodhya land dispute case. This comes a day before the Supreme Court will resume day-to-day hearings in the case after it reconvenes after the Dussehra holidays.
Ayodhya District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha said that the decision was also taken in consideration of upcoming festivals. The five-judge Constitution bench of the SC, led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, will resume day-to-day hearings on Monday, post the Dussehra break. The day-to-day hearings started on August 6.
The Muslim side has got the time until October 14 to make its arguments after which, for two days, the Hindu side can argue its case. On October 17, the two sides will make their final arguments about the relief that they are seeking.
Fourteen appeals have filed in the SC against the Allahabad High Court judgment of 2010. It ordered that the disputed 2.77-acre land should divide equally among the three parties, i.e. the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.