Amid the growing political storm over Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, the Supreme Court on Sunday said the matter would not be taken up for hearing by the five-judge constitution bench on January 29. The top court has cited the non-availability of Justice SA Bobde as the reason behind the cancellation. The development has been announced in a circular released by the additional registrar of the court.
"Ayodhya case won't be taken up for hearing by the 5-judge constitution bench of Supreme Court on January 29 due to the non-availability of Justice SA Bobde," the news agency ANI reported.
Ayodhya case won't be taken up for hearing by the 5-judge constitution bench of Supreme Court on January 29 due to the non-availability of Justice SA Bobde pic.twitter.com/wzuJsBjwSJâ€” ANI (@ANI) January 27, 2019
The hearing on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute case has been deferred
The 5-judge Constitution Bench was eventually set up on January 25 and comprises Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Ashok Bhushan, SA Nazeer, SA Bobde and DY Chandrachud.
Fourteen appeals have been filed in the top court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgement, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land be partitioned equally among three parties - the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
In the last September verdict of 2:1, a three-judge bench headed by then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had said the civil suit has to be decided on the basis of evidence, adding that the previous verdict has no relevance on this issue.
However, the Supreme Court is yet to announce the next date for hearing the politically sensitive Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute in Ayodhya.