The Supreme Court hearing had begun on 6th August, after efforts of mediation between the parties had failed. The five-judge Constitution bench is headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, and also comprises Justice S A Bobde, Justice D Y Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S A Nazeer.
Nirmohi Akhara, a Hindu religious group, is one of the parties claiming possession for the disputed Ram Janma bhoomi-Babri Masjid disputed site at Ayodhya , and sued for management, belongings and possession rights. They are being represented by Senior Advocate Sushil Kumar
The panel asked Nirmohi Akhara to establish their case by providing them documentary evidence and revenue records to support their claim to ownership. Nirmohi Akhara claimed that it had lost its documents to a dacoity that took place in 1982, and has requested time to produce documents that support their claim of possession.
During their first hearing, the group had very strongly put forth its claims to possession of the Ram janma bhoomi-Babri Masjid property. They already have possession of the outer courtyards, and want a claim to the inner courtyard, which is currently with the court assigned receiver.
The counsel claimed that the property was the Janma bhoomi, or birthplace, of Lord Rama. Since 1934, only Hindus had been permitted to offer prayers at the site, and Muslims had completely stopped visiting the structure since 1949. It was contended that the site had been under the possession of Nirmohi Akhara since very long and has the status of ‘shebaitship’ of the deity. Hence, they should legally be given proprietary rights to the Ram janma bhoomi-Babri Masjid site.