News18 Daybreak I Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Land Dispute Case to be Heard by Constitution Bench Today and Other Stories You Need to Watch Out For

Jan 10, 03:54 AM

The Supreme Court will start hearing the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri masjid land title dispute case today (January 10). The matter will come up before a five-member Constitution bench that was set up by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi on January 8. The bench will hear the case at 10:30 am in the CJI's court.

The five-member Constitution bench comprise CJI Gogoi, and Justices SA Bobde, NV Ramana, UU Lalit and DY Chandrachud. Today, the court is expected to decide the ti¬¬ meline and nature of hearings in the case.

The hearing gains significance because various right-wing organisations like the Visva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, along with the Shiv Sena and many Bharatiya Janata Party leaders have been demanding that the Narendra Modi government to bring in an ordinance or legislate a bill to facilitate construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Many of them gone to the extent of giving an ultimatum, failing which, they threaten to launch a nation-wide protest.

On his part, the prime minister during a televised interview on January 1 told news agency ANI that his government will wait for the Supreme Court to deliver its verdict in the Ram mandir case. He said his government does not intend to bring in an ordinance before the court's verdict.

"Let the judicial process take its own course. Don't weigh it in political terms. Let the judicial process be over. After the judicial process is over, whatever be our responsibility as government, we are ready to make all efforts," the prime minister had said during the interview.

On September 27 last year, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court was faced with a question whether the court should revisit a 1994 judgment that held that a mosque is not an integral part of Islam. By a majority of 2:1, the bench held that the 1994 verdict is sound and need not be revisited by a Constitution bench of the court.

The verdict of the three-member bench in September last year was important as it directly affects the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri masjid land title dispute case. Had the bench held that the 1994 verdict needs to revisited, the Supreme Court would first settle the moot question on the status and relevance of a mosque in Islam. Only then could the present case proceed.

14 appeals before SC

As many as 14 appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgement, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land be partitioned equally among the three parties -- the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

Selection panel to meet today to discuss CVC report against Alok Verma

A day after the Supreme Court reinstated Alok Verma as the Central Bureau of Investigation chief, a selection panel is set to meet today to discuss the Central Vigilance Commission’s (CVC) report on the bribery and graft charges against him. Verma was sent on forced leave by the Centre in November last year, following a feud with his deputy, Special Director Rakesh Asthana who he accused of accepting bribes from a businessman. Asthana, in return, charged Verma with similar acts of corruption following which the apex court ordered a CVC inquiry. The selection committee looking into the matter now, comprises of PM Narendra Modi, leader of opposition Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice A.K. Sikri.

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