New Delhi: Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi on Friday reconstituted the bench hearing Ayodhya title suit. Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Abdul Nazeer have now been included in the apex court bench, which comprises Justices SA Bobde and DY Chandrachud. The Supreme Court will hear the matter on January 29.
Earlier, Justice U U Lalit, who was part of a five-judge Constitution Bench to hear the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute matter, had recused himself, prompting the Supreme Court to reschedule the hearing on January 29 by setting up a fresh bench. He had ‘expressed his disinclination to participate in the hearing any further’ and opted himself out of the contentious matter.
During the last hearing on January 10, the apex court had said since Justice Lalit has opted out of the hearing in the matter, there was no option left but to adjourn the case “to fix a date of hearing and to draw up a time schedule for hearing of the case”.
Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad 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.