SC adjourns hearing in Ayodhya title suit case till January


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday ignored the Uttar Pradesh government’s request of early hearing and adjourned the hearing for the Ayodhya title suit case to January.

The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph was hearing a batch of petitions challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict trifurcating the disputed site at Ayodhya into three parts for Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and the original Muslim litigant.

The CJI rejected the early hearing by saying that “the court has its own priorities.” Uttar Pradesh SG Tushar Mehta had urged a hearing in November because of the nature of the dispute.

“We will fix the date of hearing of Ayodhya dispute case before the appropriate bench in January,” CJI Gogoi said.

Earlier, senior advocate Kapil Sibal had urged former CJI Dipak Misra to defer hearing the issue till after the 2019 general elections. The Hindu parties in the case had staunchly resisted this.

On September 27, the apex court had declined to refer to a five-judge constitution bench the issue of reconsideration of the observations in its 1994 judgment that a mosque was not integral to Islam which had arisen during the hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute. The apex court had said the civil suit on land dispute would be heard by a three-judge bench on October 29.

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