A five-judge Constitution Bench of Supreme Court will decide the fate of Ram Temple-Babri Masjid in Ayodhya today. The Bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi will hear the Ayodhya case today.
As per reports, a frequency of hearings in the case is expected to be called. The four other judges on the Constitution Bench are Justice SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana, Justice UU Lalit and Justice DY Chandrachud.
The hearing is to be held on 14 petitions filed against the Allahabad High Court verdict in September 2010. The court will also decide whether there should be a quick and regular hearing in this matter. Advocate Harinath Ram sought this by putting a public interest petition in November.
Earlier, the Ayodhya case was heard by a three-member bench headed by former Chief Justice Deepak Mishra. After his retirement on October 2, the case was listed in a two-member bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. The Bench had fixed the date of hearing of the case on January 4, to January 10. On Tuesday, a five-judge bench was set up for the case.
What is the case:
The dispute in Ayodhya is over 2.7 acres of land on which the Babri Masjid stood before it was demolished on December 6, 1992. The Allahabad High Court allotted two-thirds of land to Hindus for Ram Temple and on third to the Sunni Waqf Board, in 2010. After which, both Hindu and Muslim organisation filed petition against the court verdict in the Supreme Court. The top court stayed the High Court order in 2011.