Ayodhya title Case: SC defers hearing to Jan 29 after Justice UU Lalit opts out, new bench to be constituted

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Hearing on the Ram Janmabhoomi – Babri Masjid title dispute case that was slated for Jan 10 has been deferred to Jan 29 after Judge UU Lalit from the 5 bench panel left the case saying ‘He was a lawyer in the case earlier’. Following which the court adjourned matter and deferred next hearing date to January 29. A new bench is expected to take up the case from Jan 29.

Advocate Rajiv Dhavan raised the issue of Justice UU Lalit in the proceedings.

Supreme Court registry will need to give a report on by when will all documents be translated and the case be ready for hearing.

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had on January 8 appointed 5 judges constitutional bench to take up the hearing on the case. 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 is expected to take a call on the frequency of hearings in the case. CJI Ranjan Gogoi to head 5 judge bench to take up Ayodhya title dispute case from Jan 10

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.

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

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 priority”.

BJP on its part is pressing for fast hearing in the case keeping in mind the electoral gains for the upcoming Lok Sabha 2019 Polls. 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.

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