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In 60-Second Hearing, SC Defers Ayodhya Land Dispute Case To January 10

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| January 4 , 2019 , 12:25 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday 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, PTI reported. Senior advocates Harish Salve and Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for different parties, did not get the opportunity to make any submission.

The Supreme court, which adjourned the hearing also dismissed a fresh petition that asked the top court to give a reasoned order why the Ayodhya case is not being taken up on a “priority order”.

On December 24, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had decided on "fixing the date of hearing before the appropriate bench." On the same day, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said that the central government wants the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit to be heard on day to day basis in the court.

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.”

Modi’s comments came amidst heightened demands by Hindutva organisations, including the RSS, for an ordinance for early construction of the temple.

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.