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Hindu, Muslim sides spar as Ayodhya case hearing set to end

The lawyers for the Hindu and Muslim sides got into a duel on the 39th day of the hearing in the 70-year-old politically vexing Ayodhya title dispute.

The heated argument initially erupted when former Attorney General and senior advocate K. Parasaran, appearing for the Hindu side, was responding to Sunni Waqf Board and other lawsuits seeking claim over the disputed site. Parasaran was interrupted by senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who represents the Muslim side after he contended Emperor Babar committed wrong by building a mosque on a site considered sacred by Hindus.

“This is entirely a new argument. I am entitled to give a reply on this,” Dhavan told the five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. The Hindu side objected to this continuous interruption during their arguments, but the court said that it will allow Dhavan to reply.

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