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Ayodhya Land Dispute Case: Ranjan Gogoi To Head Bench Of 5 Judges From Jan 10

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| January 27 , 2019 , 19:12 IST

Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi will head a bench of five judges of Supreme court on Ayodhya Land Dispute case. The hearing will begin on January 10.

The bench, comprising of CJI along with Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, Justice N. V. Ramana, Justice Uday Lalit and Justice Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud has been constituted to hear the pleas on this case.

The new Bench will hear as many as 14 appeals filed against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgement, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land is partitioned equally among the three parties the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

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Earlier, on January 4 the Supreme Court said that a new bench will be set up to hear the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title suit of Ayodhya before January 10.

A division bench comprising of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul announced the date in a 60-second hearing.

As soon as the matter came up, the CJI said it is the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case and went ahead with passing the order, media reported.

Senior advocates Harish Salve and Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for different parties, did not get the opportunity to make any submission.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an interview recently to ANI, said, “The matter is before the judiciary, let it be completed and once it comes from the judiciary, wherever the responsibility of a government begins, we are ready to make all efforts.”

In September 2018, the Supreme Court had declined to reconsider its observations in a 1994 judgment that a mosque was not integral to Islam - an issue that came up during the hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute.

The judges said, “We again make it clear that questionable observations made in Ismail Faruqui’s case were made in the context of land acquisition and that those observations were neither relevant for deciding the suits nor relevant for deciding these appeals.”

The 16th-Century Babri Majid was razed on December 6, 1992, by thousands of right-wing volunteers or Kar Sewaks, who claimed it was built on a temple marking the birthplace of Lord Ram that was destroyed.

Around 2,000 people were killed in the riots that followed the demolition.