Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Tuesday constituted a five-judge bench to take up the Ayodhya title dispute from January 10. Five-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and senior four judges including Justice SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana, Justice UU Lalit and Justice DY Chandrachud will now hear the Ram Janmbhoomi – Babri Masjid title dispute.
Five-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi will hear the Ayodhya case. Other four judges are Justice SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana, Justice UU Lalit and Justice DY Chandrachud. https://t.co/MeIQq64EpJ
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Earlier on Jan 4 in 60-second hearing that did not see any arguments from either side, Supreme Court on said, ” The title suit in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case will be heard on January 10 by appropriate Bench”.
The Apex Court on Jan 4 also dismissed a PIL seeking to hear the Ayodhya matter on urgent and day to day basis. The PIL was filed by an advocate Harinath Ram in November 2018.
The Highest court in October 2018 rejected an urgent hearing into the matter after Uttar Pradesh government argued that it should be taken up on priority because it is a 100-year-old dispute. Chief Justice Gogoi then said that the court has its “own priorities”. He said that an appropriate bench would decide when would the hearing take place.
Prior to this, many BJP Leaders including Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar have demanded that the Issue should be put up on fast track process. Ravi Shankar Prasad urges for fast-track hearing in Ayodhya title dispute
The Ayodhya Dispute title case deals with who owns the controversial land where Babri Masjid once stood and where Lord Ram Believed to have been born.
The Allahabad High Court in 2010 verdict had divided the land between three petitioners — two of favored building a Ram Mandir at the Ayodhya site while the third wanted the Babri Masjid rebuilt.
All the petitioners appealed against the Allahabad High Court verdict. The Supreme Court will now begin hearing those appeals.