Ayodhya Ram Mandir hearing in Supreme Court: The Ayodhya case hearing has been deferred once again by the Supreme Court. The Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi decided to defer the matter till January 29 after Justice UU Lalit recused himself from hearing the case. Justice Lalit was a part of the five-judge bench that was set up earlier this week by the CJI to hear a batch of petitions contesting the 2010 verdict of Allahabad High Court in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. The other judges on the bench are Justice SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana and Justice DY Chandrchud. Justice Lalit decided to recuse himself after Muslim party Sunni Waqf Board pointed out that he had represented BJP leader Kalyan Singh in a Babri Masjid case. Justice Lalit was a criminal lawyer before he was elevated to the top court.
The Ram Mandir case has been pending in the top court for the last nine years. The court on Tuesday set up the Constitution Bench that will hear the petitions contesting three-way bifurcation of the 2.7 acres of land by Allahabad High Court in 2010 where once Babri Masjid stood. The court had last week heard the matter and said that further orders on the course of the hearing will be passed by an appropriate bench on January 10.