Ayodhya Case hearing adjourned till Jan 29 after Justice UU Lalit recuses from bench

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New Delhi, Jan 10: The Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned the hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Ayodhya title suit case till January 29 after Justice UU Lalit recused himself from hearing the case.

A new bench will be constituted ahead of the hearing.

The apex court registry will need to give a report on by when will all documents be translated and the case be ready for hearing.

Earlier this week, a five-Judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was constituted to hear the matter.

The others in bench includes Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice N.V. Ramana and Justice D.Y. Chandrchud according to a notice issued by the Additional Registrar (Listing).

On January 4, the top court had said that further orders in the matter would be passed on 10.1.2019 by the appropriate bench, as may be constituted.

The apex court on October 29 last year had directed that the matter will be taken in the “first week of January 2019 for fixing a date of hearing before the appropriate Bench”.

In 2010, the Allahabad High Court had trifurcated the disputed site, giving one portion each to Lord Ram, Nirmohi Akhara and the original Muslim litigant.

It was contended by the Muslim litigants before the three-judge bench headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra that the challenge to the 2010 judgement should be heard by the larger bench as the High court had relied on a 1994 top court judgment that said a mosque was not essential to Islam for Namaz prayers.

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