New Delhi, Oct 29: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the listing of the Ayodhya title suit matter in January 2019 before an appropriate bench.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi directed the hearing for next year on a batch of pleas challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court order trifurcating the disputed site in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya into three parts for Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and the original Muslim litigant.
“We have our own priorities. Whether the case will come in January, February or March, it will be for the appropriate bench to decide,” CJI Gogoi said as a lawyer urged the court to decide on the dates when the hearing on challenge to the High Court judgment will take place.
Speaking on this, Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Keshav Prasad Maurya told media “I don’t want to comment since it’s the decision of Supreme Court. However, the adjournment of hearing doesn’t send a good message”.
On September 27, the apex court bench headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, along with Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer, by a 2:1 majority dismissed a petition challenging the high court verdict and had directed that the matter would be heard by a three-judge bench from October 29.
The Muslim petitioners had pressed for hearing the challenge to the high court judgment by a five-judge bench as the court had relied on a 1994 top court order that ruled mosque was not essential to Islam for offering ‘namaz’.