Supreme Court Orders Fresh Bench for Ayodhya Case Hearing on January 10

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The Ayodhya case pending in Allahabad High Court since December 2010 is ready to get a new lease of life on January 10. The Supreme Court bench presided by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi along with Justice SK Kaul proclaimed the new hearing date in today’s hearing.

Fourteen petitions have been filed regarding the sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid issue. Advocates Harish Salve and Rajeev Dhavan could not present their case in today’s 30 second hearing.

The Allahabad High Court on September 30, 2010 had directed on three way division of the 2.77 acre land. The land was ordered to be shared between Nirmohi Akhara sect, the Sunni Central Wakf board and Ramlalla Virajman by the HC. The matter had been lingering in the Supreme Court since 2010.

There were intense efforts to fast track this case and the SC division bench headed by the CJI had timed the first week of January for the next hearing.

For a long time, RSS and other ring wing organizations have been seeking passage of an ordinance for the construction of the Ram temple.

However, in 2017 the ordinance’s passage was restricted because of the 1994 judgement, which stated “mosque was not integral to Islam” of a Constitution bench in the Dr M Ismail Faruqui etc vs Union of India and others case.

The Supreme Court in 2018 didn’t consider Ismail Faruqui’s case in Ayodhya land dispute case.

The Ayodhya land dispute case has been continuing since 1940. In 1949, the Faizabad Court had declared all three parties as joint holders of the 2.77 acre land. The Allahabad HC, too, had shared the same views.

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