Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred the commencement of final hearing in the Ayodhya title dispute to 8th February, 2018. The court further instructed all the advocates appearing for all the parties to ‘work in harmony and see that all the relevant documents are ready and filed’, after counsel for Sunni Waqf Board, Kapil Sibal submitted that some exhibits and documents pertaining to the title suit have not be filed and served by the parties.

The court also rejected Sibal’s plea to postpone the hearing to July 2019 i.e. post the Lok Sabha elections. He argued that the court’s judgement in the present case are bound to have political and social ramifications. Sibal was appearing on behalf of the Sunni Waqf Board.

A specially constituted bench of chief justice Dipak Misra and justices Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer today began hearing into a total of 13 appeals filed against the 2010 judgement of the Allahabad high court in four civil suits.

The high court had then ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acre area at Ayodhya among the parties—the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the Lord Ram Lalla.