New Supreme Court bench to hear Ayodhya land dispute today
A Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph on Monday adjourned the matter on the hearing of a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court's 2010 verdict that had divided the disputed land on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid area into three parts and said that a new bench will decide the date for hearing of pleas in January 2019 .
On September 27, the Supreme Court had said it had to find the context in which the five-judge bench had delivered the 1994 judgment stating that a mosque was not integral to Islam which arose during the hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute. The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra pronounced the verdict on Ayodhya land dispute case. Declining the matter to refer to a larger bench, Justice Ashok Bhushan and CJI Misra fixed the matter for further hearing on October 29.
Justice Ashok Bhushan read the judgment for himself and the CJI.A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court in its 1994 Ismail Faruqui judgment said mosque did not constitute an essential part of Islam.
Post that, the Allahabad High Court had in 2010 ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres of land, which was challenged by Muslim litigants seeking direction that a larger Constitution bench hear the clutch of petitions in the case.
A three-judge bench of the Allahabad High Court, in a 2:1 majority ruling, had on September 30, 2010, ordered that the land should be partitioned equally among three parties - the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph arrive at the court.