New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned till January 2019 the hearing in pleas challenging the Allahabad High Court’s 2010 verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute. A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph was hearing the matter. (Also read: ‘Ask SC to Enact Law For Ram Temple’)

In 2010, the Allahabad High Court had divided the disputed land on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid area into three parts among Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhada and the Sunni Waqf Board. On September 27, the three-judge bench while rejecting the plea had said, “We are of the considered opinion that no case has been made out to refer the Constitution Bench judgment of this court in Ismail Faruqui case for reconsideration.”

“We again make it clear that questionable observations made in the Ismail Faruqui’s case … were made in the context of land acquisition. Those observations were neither relevant for deciding the suits nor relevant for deciding these appeals,” the majority judgement had said.

Reacting to Monday’s development, deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said, “I don’t want to comment since its the decision of Supreme Court. However, the adjournment of hearing doesn’t send out a good message.”

Political parties have been milking the issue to their benefit. On Dussehra, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called on cadres to start preparing for the construction of a temple dedicated to Lord Ram in Ayodhya, which is considered to be the birthplace of the Almighty. The Chief Minister, while addressing a public gathering during Vijayadashmi celebrations in Gorakhpur, said, “Like the grandeur of Ram Leela, we should start preparing for the construction of the grand Ram temple, the same way we prepare Ram Leela.”