Justice Uday U Lalit comprising the five member judge panel hearing the Ayodhya case, had to step down on Thursday. The Constitution bench presided by the Chief Jusice of India Ranjan Gogoi announced the next date to be January 29 after today’s development.
Nearly two decades ago, Justice Lalit was a lawyer in the ongoing Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, the senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan pointed out this fact. The senior advocate implied that, Justice Lalit (then lawyer) had appeared for Uttar Pradesh CM Kalyan Singh in this related matter. However, Dhavan didn’t intend the justice to step down.
It remains upon the Supreme Court bench whether the sensitive Ayodhya case will be taken up on a daily basis or not.
The Ayodhya case had been lingering in the Supreme Court since 2010. The Allahabad Court had earlier decided on September 30, 2010 that, the 2.77 acre land to be distributed one-third equally between Nirmohi Akhara Sect, the Sunni Central Wakf board and Ramlalla Virajman.
But protests followed and the matter is still due for hearings.