A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court is all set to hear the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case on Tuesday. The matter will come up for hearing before the constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi at 10:30 am. The other judges are Justice SA Bobde, Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer. The case was supposed to be heard on January 29 but it was delayed due to unavailability of Justice SA Bobde.
The original constitution bench comprising CJI Justice Gogoi, Justice Bobde, Justice NV Ramana, Justice UU Lalit and Justice Chandrachud was reconstituted after Justice Lalit recused himself from hearing the matter. Justice Lalit recused after senior counsel Rajeev Dhavan pointed out that he had appeared in a criminal case for BJP leader Kalyan Singh (present Rajasthan Governor). The new bench was set up on January 25.
In 2010, the Allahabad High Court had divided the disputed land in Ayodhya into three parts for each of the parties- the Swami Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
The case has been pending before the top court for the last eight years. parties in the case and various right-wing organisations have been asking for an early or day-to-day hearing for a long time.
Last year, the top court had refused to grant an urgent hearing saying it had "other priorities" and posted the matter for hearing in the first week of January 2019 before the "appropiate bench