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Justice Lalit rescues from Babri Masjid title suit, hearing deferred till January 29

Justice Lalit rescued himself from the court saying he had been a lawyer in a related case

Thursday January 10, 2019 5:01 PM, ummid.com News Network

Supreme Court Hearing Ayodhya Dispute

New Delhi: The hearing in the Babri Masjid Title Suit, also known as Ayodhya land dispute case, which was scheduled to start today, deferred till January 29 as Justice Umesh Lalit rescued himself from the case. Justice Lalit rescued himself from the court saying he had been a lawyer in a related case.

The Supreme Court had earlier said a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi will start hearing the Babri Masjid title case from today. Besides CJI Gogoi, the SC bench comprised Justice SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana, Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Justice DY Chandrachud.

However after Justice Lalit rescued himself from the case, the Supreme Court will now take up the temple-mosque case on January 29. The bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will then decide on a schedule and the frequency of hearings in the case.

The Supreme Court of India had last Friday deferred till January 10 the hearing in the Babri Masjid Title Suit. The Apex Court in a 30-second hearing had said the further orders on the appeals in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit will be announced by an appropriate bench on January 10.

The apex court on Oct. 29, 2018 had fixed the matter in the first week of January before an "appropriate bench", which will decide the schedule of hearing.

"We will fix the date of hearing of Ayodhya dispute case before the appropriate bench in January," Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said making it clear that there will not be any urgent hearing in the case.

The Lok Sabha elections are likely to be held in April, 2019. A number of political parties, including the ruling BJP, are of the view that the hearing in the case should be held only after the elections. The apex court however turned down all these pleas.

Upset by the apex court's refusal RSS and other Hindutva extremist groups have demanded from the union government to bring in a law to construct Ram temple on the Babri Masjid site.

The historic mosque believed to be built by Mir Baqi, one of the commanders of Mughal Emperor Babur, was thrown into a controversy as a result of India's communal politics. It was at last demolished in broad daylight on December 06, 1992 by Hindu extremists in the presence of top RSS, BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal and other right wing groups' top leadership.

Following a lenghty judicial battle, the Allahabad High Court had in a verdict pronounced in 2010 equally divided the 2.77 acres of land between Ram Lalla, Sunni Wakf Board and Nirmohi Akhara. Hindus and Muslims however have both challenged the HC verdict in the Supreme Court hearing of which will start from January 10, 2019.

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