Ayodhya bench reconstitutes: Justices Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer included

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New Delhi, Jan 25 : Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has reconstituted the constitutional bench hearing Ayodhya case by replacing Justices UU Lalit and NV Ramana with Justices Ashok Bhushan and S. Abdul Nazeer.

The bench comprising CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S. Abdul Nazeer will hear the matter on 29th January 2019.

The five-judge constitution bench will most likely hear the Ayodhya land dispute case in which as many as 14 appeals were filed against the judgment of the Allahabad High Court, delivered in four civil suits.

The judgment delivered on September 30, 2010, had divided the 2.77-acre disputed land among the three parties – the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla (represented by Hindu Maha Sabha). While pronouncing the judgment the court had observed that Lord Ram, son of King Dasrath was born within the 1,482.5 square yards of the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid premises during the Treta Yuga.

The court is also likely to consider the order of 27th September 2018, a three judge bench comprising former CJI Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S. Abdul Nazeer, had refused to refer to a five-judge constitution bench for reconsideration of the observations in its 1994 Ismail Farooqi judgement that a mosque was not integral to Islam .

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