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The Supreme Court is set to deliver it's verdict for the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute. The verdict comes after the court held an unprecedented 40 daily hearings which concluded last month over the 22.7 acre land.

The verdict was to be pronounced before Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who chaired the five-judge Constitution bench, demits office on 17 November.

The day-to-day hearings of the Ayodhya land dispute, which saw a lot of drama, began in August after mediation talks between the Hindu and Muslim claimants failed.

The three main parties to the dispute have each presented a different demand to the court.The Nirmohi Akhara, a religious denomination, has sought directions to construct a Ram temple on the disputed land in Ayodhya and wants the management rights of the premises to be given to it. Ram Lalla (or the infant Ram), represented by the Hindu Mahasabha, wants the entire land to be handed over to them, with no part going to Muslim parties or the Nirmohi Akhara. The Sunni Waqf Board, which looks after religious properties, has demanded that the Babri Masjid be restored to the form that existed before it was brought down by Hindu groups on 6 December 1992.

In2010, the Allahabad High court had given a judgement which said that the disputed land be divided equally between the three litigants.

Since the arguments have closed, six Muslim parties have dismissed any possibility of a settlement with the Hindu side while questioning the integrity of the mediation panel which had told the Supreme Court that an amicable resolution between the two warring sides had been agreed upon. To find a mediated solution, Sunni Central Waqf board chairman Zufar Faruqui submitting a fresh proposal before the mediation panel on 18 October.

On 6 December 1992, Babri Masjid, a 16th century mosque, was demolished by Hindu groups who want a Ram temple built at the site. The case pertains to the ownership of the land to decide whether a temple can be constructed at the site where the Babri Masjid existed earlier.

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