The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the day-to-day proceedings in the Ram Janambhoomi Babri Masjid land dispute case will end at 5 PM today.
A 5-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, had earlier set October 17 to wrap up the hearing in the case. On Wednesday, the CJI, Ranjan Gogoi, said: "Enough is enough".
"This matter is going to be finished today by 5 PM. Enough is enough," the bench, which also comprises justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, said at the start of the proceedings on the 40th day. The CJI also refused to take any intervention application in the case.
On Monday, the district administration in the temple town of Ayodhya had imposed Section 144 of the CrPC -- which prohibits the assembly of more than four people in an area -- till December 10.
District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha had said that the prohibitory order had been issued in anticipation of the verdict in the land dispute case and upcoming festivals.
A five-judge Constitution bench started the day-to-day proceedings on August 6 after mediation proceedings failed to find an amicable solution to the vexatious dispute.
Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties -- the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
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