Ayodhya Hearing: Constitution Bench to be reconstituted after Lalit J recuses [Live Updates]

Ayodhya Hearing: Constitution Bench to be reconstituted after Lalit J recuses [Live Updates]

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A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court is currently hearing the case concerning the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid  Ayodhya dispute.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, and Justices SA Bobde, NV Ramana, UU Lalit and DY Chandrachud is hearing the matter titled M Siddiq (D) Thr. Lrs. v. Mahant Suresh Das & Ors. in the Chief Justice’s Court.

A three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court had earlier declined to refer the matter to a larger Bench to reconsider its 1994 judgment in Ismail Faruqui v. Union of India. Two days ago, a notice on the Supreme Court website revealed that the matter would be listed before a Constitution Bench.

Live updates from the hearing follow:

  • Bench assembles, hearing commences in Supreme Court.
  • Today is not for hearing, see the order, it is to fix schedule, CJI Ranjan Gogoi.
  • Rajeev Dhavan says Justice UU Lalit has appeared as a lawyer for Kalyan Singh in a criminal case related to dispute “I am bringing it to Your Lordships notice though we don’t have objection to him hearing the matter. It is entirely up to Your Lordships.”
  • CJI Ranjan Gogoi dictating the order now.
  • Before any hearing for fixing time schedule could be made, Dr. Rajeev Dhavan submitted that one of the judges, Justice UU Lalit had appeared in a connected matter, SC.
  • The decision to post the matter before five-judge Constitution Bench has been taken by the Chief Justice of India on the administrative side pursuant to SC Rules, Supreme Court makes it clear in its order.
  • The Registry has informed the CJI that 120 issues have been framed and 88 witnesses have been examined. The judgment runs into 8500 plus typed pages, Supreme Court.
  • There is a history regarding the correctness of translation of documents, Registry directed to engage official translators and submit a report regarding correctness of translated documents, Supreme Court.
  • Constitution Bench hearing case to be reconstituted after Justice UU Lalit recuses since he had appeared in a connected matter earlier as a lawyer.
  • Reconstituted Bench to assemble on January 29 to fix the schedule for hearing.

Read the order below.

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