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Incorrect ASI periodisation in Ayodhya, Muslim side tells SC
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Incorrect ASI periodisation in Ayodhya, Muslim side tells SC

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New Delhi, Sep 26: The Muslim side on Thursday submitted to a Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi-headed five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court, that there is a glaring example of incorrect periodization in the report of the Archaeological Survey of India in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case.

Senior counsel, Meenakshi Arora, appearing for the Muslim parties, submitted that there is a different period attributed to a same thing, at one place they said its Mughal period. In another place they say it is medieval with regard to the artefact, which seemed to be incorrect.

Justice S A Bobde said, " There can be non-Islamic artefact found in Mughal level and vice versa. How do you see it ?" She said this could be found in the earlier period, but not the reverse.

Inconsistencies

The ASI report suffers from many inconsistencies as different periods were ascribed to the same trench object.

If different people give different periods to same object, there is something glaringly inconsistent, added Ms Arora.

Justice D Y Chandrachud asked her how many such objects did you find where there was a deviation in the period? She replied there are many objects, I may produce, if given time for this.

If the report was submitted in a hurry and the ASI did not subject the material to the tests it has promised to conduct, it amounts to suppression of information, she further submitted.

Deadline

The apex court said all the parties shall conclude their arguments and submissions by 18th October.

'We could not hear the case beyond the period in the Ayodhya Ram Temple and Babri Masjid land (Title) dispute case,' CJI Gogoi said.

"Please complete all your submissions and arguments by October 18. You all shall complete. We can not hear any arguments and submission beyond October 18."

A batch of petitions has challenged the September 2010 Allahabad High Court trifurcation of the 2.77 acres disputed site at Ayodhya.

CJI Gogoi said, "Even then it will need a miracle to deliver the judgment in four weeks. There are also Dussehra and Deepawali vacations, so where is the point of hearing more beyond 18th October." (UNI)