Today case of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute brought in Supreme Court. A newly constituted bench will now hear the case on January 29.
CJI Ranjan Gogoi also made it clear that five-judge Constitution bench will hear case on merits. We are not expecting a detailed hearing on January 29. Only the timeline will be decided. records — from Persian, Hindi and other languages — are there on the day of the hearing. A newly constituted bench will now hear the case on January 29.
Bench five-judge, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and also comprising of Justices SA Bobde, NV Ramana, UU Lalit and DY Chandrachud will hear the matter.
Earlier on September 27 last year, three-judge bench by 2:1 majority, refused to refer to a five-judge constitution bench for reconsideration of the observations in its 1994 judgement that a mosque was not integral to Islam. The matter had arisen during the hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute.
Later on January 4 this case was taken up, there was no indication that the case would be referred to a constitution bench as the apex court had simply said that further orders in the matter would be passed on January 10 by “the appropriate bench, as may be constituted”.
The newly set up five-judge bench comprises not only the incumbent CJI but the four judges who are in line to be CJI in the future. Justice Gogoi’s successor would be Justice Bobde followed by Justices Ramana, Lalit and Chandrachud.