A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court was scheduled to decide on Thursday the timeline of hearing in the politically sensitive case of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute in Ayodhya. However, Justice UU Lalit recused himself, prompting the Supreme Court to reschedule the hearing on 29 January by setting up a fresh bench.
When the court next takes up the matter, it is expected take a call on the frequency of hearings and also fix a date to begin hearing a batch of 14 petitions.
By a majority 2-1 judgment, the Supreme Court had on 27 September 2018 rejected a plea to refer to a Constitution bench the issue of reconsideration of the observations in its 1994 judgment that a mosque was not integral to Islam, which had come up during the hearing. It further referred the civil suit on the land dispute to the then constituted three-judge bench that began the hearing from 29 October.
When the matter was last taken up on 4 January, there was no indication that the case would be referred to a Constitution bench as the apex court had simply said that further orders in the matter would be passed on 10 January by "the appropriate bench, as may be constituted".
In view of the case, here is a look at the chronology of events from 1528, when Mughal emperor Babur's commander Mir Baqi built the Babri Masjid:
With inputs from agencies
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Updated Date: Jan 10, 2019 13:06:48 IST