New Delhi: A public interest litigation questioning the delay in adjudication of the Ayodhya dispute case would be heard by a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court on January 4, reported ANI. The PIL sought for the case to be heard on an urgent basis and in a time-bound manner. (Also read: SC Adjourns Hearing in Ayodhya Title Suit to January 2019)

In November, the apex court had refused an urgent hearing of the Ayodhya case pertaining to Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute. The bench, dismissing the PIL, had said, “We have already passed an order and it is coming up in January”.

Then, the Supreme Court had also dismissed a PIL seeking a direction to organisations and public at large to “behave” and not air their views that can spoil the atmosphere till it decides the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices KM Joseph and MR Shah refused to entertain the PIL filed by Bankim K Kulshrestha seeking a direction to the Ministry of Home Affairs that different organisations and persons be restrained from airing their views, which can spoil the atmosphere, till the apex court decides the case.

The moment Kulshrestha opened his submissions, the bench intervened by saying, “With due respect, please look at your prayer, you want people to behave before the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case is decided. Dismissed.”

A three-judge bench of the top court had on October 29, by a 2:1 majority, refused to refer to a five-judge constitution bench the issue of reconsideration of the observations in the 1994 judgement of the Allahabad High Court that a mosque was not integral to Islam. The matter had arisen during the hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute.

As many as 14 appeals have been filed against the high court judgement, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77 acre land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.