The five-judge bench hearing the case comprises Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer, apart from CJI Ranjan Gogoi.
As the proceedings today concludes in the case after 40 days, it turned out to be the second-longest /lengthiest hearing ever in the history of the Supreme Court, after the Kesavananda Bharati case, which went on for 68 days, while the third one was a batch of petitions challenging the Constitutional validity of Aadhaar case, which was heard for 38 days.
The court hearing on Wednesday witnessed an element of drama when advocate Rajeev Dhavan, representing Muslim parties in the dispute, tore a pictorial map of the disputed land put forward by an attorney representing Hindu groups, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.
The apex court granted three days to the contesting parties to file written notes.
"When a copy of the said document handed over to Dhavan who is counsel for the plaintiff in suit number 4 (Muslim side), while tearing off the said document he said, I will make more sets", it read. The court had initiated daily hearing in the matter on August 6, after the mediation to amicably resolve the issue failed.
A verdict in the case is expected next month before Gogoi retires on 17 November. "The news that has become viral is that I on my own tore the papers", he said. "I take advice of Mr (Arvind) Datar in such matters and he told me it was a mandamus (a kind of writ or direction)", Dhavan had said.
Singh said the Hindu Mahasabha wanted to cross-check the evidence on the location of the birthplace of Lord Ram. Under Indian law, a Hindu deity is considered a "juristic person".
The Waqf board has offered to build a mosque at any other suitable place, sources have revealed on the report that could lead to a breakthrough in the 134-year-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.
Prince Yakub Habeebuddin Tucy, a Mughal descendant, on Wednesday hoped that before pronouncing the verdict in the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid land dispute case, the Supreme Court will consider the faith of Hindus.
The ruling Hindu nationalist party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has vowed that a temple will be built there.