A five-judge Constitution bench will hear on January 10 the politically-sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute case. The five-judge bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and will also comprise Justice SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana, Justice UU Lalit and Justice DY Chandrachud.
On January 4, the Apex court had said that an “appropriate bench” will on January 10 fix the date of hearing in the case. The hearing did not even last 30 seconds and senior advocates Harish Salve and Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for different parties, did not even get the opportunity to make any submission.
Now, the five-judge bench will take forward the Ayodhya land dispute case in which as many as 14 appeals were filed against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgement, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
The apex court on October 29 had fixed the matter in the first week of January before the “appropriate bench”. Later, an application was moved for according an urgent hearing by advancing the date, but the top court had refused the plea, saying it had already passed an order on October 29 relating to the hearing of the matter.