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Judge unavailable, SC cancels January 29 Ayodhya hearing

Published : Jan 28, 2019, 1:36 am IST
Updated : Jan 28, 2019, 1:36 am IST

No new date has been mentioned.

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New Delhi: Citing that one member of the five-judge Constitution Bench would not be available on Tuesday, the Supreme Court on Sunday cancelled hearing in the politically sensitive Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute case, scheduled for that day. No fresh date for the hearing has been mentioned.

The sitting of the Constitution Bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, stands cancelled as Justice S.A. Bobde will not be available on January 29, said a notice issued by the Supreme Court registry.

Apart from the CJI, the Bench includes Justices S.A. Bobde, D.Y. Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S.A. Nazeer.

The five-judge Bench was re-constituted on January 25 as Justice U.U. Lalit, a member of the original Bench, had recused himself from hearing the matter.

In the fresh bench, Justice Bhushan and Justice Nazeer made a come back to hear the matter. Both of them were part of a earlier Bench headed by then CJI Dipak Misra (now retired) which had on September 27, 2018, refused to refer to a five-judge Constitution Bench the reconsideration of the observation in its 1994 judgment that a mosque was not integral to Islam. While Justice Misra and Justice Bhushan had said it has to find out the context in which the five-judge Bench had delivered the 1994 judgment, Justice Nazeer had given a minority verdict disagreeing with the two judges.

Justice Nazeer had said whether a mosque is integral to Islam has to be decided considering religious belief which requires detailed consideration.

On January 10, Justice Lalit had recused himself after expressing disinclination to participate in the hearing any further as he had appeared as a lawyer for former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh in a related matter “sometime in the year 1997”.

Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad HC judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

On January 10, the Bench in its order had noted that the apex court registry’s secretary general has informed the CJI that in four suits, out of which these appeals have arisen, in all 120 issues have been framed for trial and a total of 88 witnesses were examined.

It had noted that depositions of witnesses run into 13,886 pages and a total of 257 documents exhibited.    

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