New Delhi: A Supreme Court two-judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul have posted the disputed Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid case on January 10 for further hearing. The case will now be presented before the three-judge bench on Thursday.
While requesting advocates present in the case to come on January 10, Chief Justice Gogoi said, “This is the Ram Janmabhoomi case? Yes? Listen to the order now: ‘Further orders will be passed by the appropriate Bench on the 10th of January.’ Please come on the 10th of January.”
The apex court will hear appeals against the Allahabad high court decision taken on September 30, 2010 that has ordered three-way division of the disputed land of 2.77 acres between Nirmohi Akhara sect, the Sunni Central Wakf Board, UP, and Ramlalla Virajman (infant Lord Ram). The appeals have been pending for hearing since December 2010.
The three-judge bench comprising of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul and Justice KM Joseph had refused the request made by Uttar Pradesh government for urgent hearing of the Ayodhya case on October 29 last year and ordered that the next hearing of the case will be scheduled in the first week of January before the appropriate bench.
Earlier, on September 27, the Supreme Court had rejected the plea made by Islamic bodies and individuals regarding a question came up during Ayodhya land dispute case in Allahabad high court as whether praying in a mosque is an essential part of Islam.
The scheduled date for fixing the date for the hearing of Ayodhya land dispute case has prompted curiosity whether the judgment in the appeals will be made before upcoming Lok Sabha election 2019.