A five-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi will hear the long pending contentious Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case on January 10. Other judges on the bench are SA Bobde, NV Ramana, UU Lalit and DY Chandrachud.
The Supreme Court had on Friday (January 4) said that an appropriate bench, constituted by it, will pass an order on January 10 for fixing the date of hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute title case at Ayodhya.
“Further orders will be passed by an appropriate bench on January 10 for fixing the date of hearing the matter,” a bench comprising Chief Justice (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul had said. The hearing did not even last 30 seconds.
As many as 14 appeals were filed against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgement, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land be partitioned equally among the three parties -- the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
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The apex court on October 29 had fixed the matter in the first week of January before the "appropriate bench".
Later, an application was moved for according an urgent hearing by advancing the date, but the top court had refused the plea, saying it had already passed an order on October 29 relating to the hearing of the matter.
The plea for early hearing was moved by the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) which is one of the respondents in the appeal filed by legal heirs of M Siddiq, one of the original litigants in the case.
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