‘New bench to pass further orders on Jan 10’, says SC on Ram Janmabhoomi – Babri Masjid title dispute

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In a 60-second hearing, which did not see any arguments from either side, Supreme Court on Friday said, ” The title suit in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case will be heard on January 10 by appropriate Bench”.

Though the Courtroom Number one was fully packed with Journalists expecting a Development in the Case, a bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi clears it in just 30 seconds order by saying – “further orders will be passed by appropriate bench on Jan 10”.

Senior Counsels – Harish Salve and Rajeev Dhawan – appeared for both the parties did not even get the opportunity to make any argument.

The Apex Court 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.

On December 24, Supreme court decided to hear Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case on January 4

On Jan 3, a day before the Supreme Court hearing on the Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir issue, Ram Janmabhoomi Nirman Samiti litigant Mahant Dharamdas has written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to remove the Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi. In the letter, which was also addressed to Congress President Rahul Gandhi and BJP president Amit Shah, Mahant Dharamdas has demanded the impeachment of the Chief Justice of India for his alleged ‘disinterest’ in hearing the case on priority.

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.

On December 26, While Inaugurating the 15th National Conference of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad(ABVP)- Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad demanded a fast track process in the case. He said that if the fast-paced hearing can happen in the Sabarimala issue then why not in the matter of Ayodhya which has been pending since 70 years.

However, in a recent Interview to news Agency ANI, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it clear that his government is not going to bring in the ordinance as the matter is sub judice.

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