Ram Mandir hearing Highlights: SC defers matter after Sunni Waqf Board objects to composition of Constitution bench, new bench to hear matter on January 29

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Updated:Jan 10, 2019 2:04:23 pm

Ram Mandir hearing in Supreme Court: The Supreme Court has deferred the hearing in Ayodhya case till January 29 after Justice UU Lalit recused himself from hearing the Ayodhya case.

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Ayodhya Ram Mandir hearing in Supreme Court: The Ayodhya case hearing has been deferred once again by the Supreme Court. The Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi decided to defer the matter till January 29 after Justice UU Lalit recused himself from hearing the case. Justice Lalit was a part of the five-judge bench that was set up earlier this week by the CJI to hear a batch of petitions contesting the 2010 verdict of Allahabad High Court in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. The other judges on the bench are Justice SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana and Justice DY Chandrchud. Justice Lalit decided to recuse himself after Muslim party Sunni Waqf Board pointed out that he had represented BJP leader Kalyan Singh in a Babri Masjid case. Justice Lalit was a criminal lawyer before he was elevated to the top court.

The Ram Mandir case has been pending in the top court for the last nine years. The court on Tuesday set up the Constitution Bench that will hear the petitions contesting three-way bifurcation of the 2.7 acres of land by Allahabad High Court in 2010 where once Babri Masjid stood. The court had last week heard the matter and said that further orders on the course of the hearing will be passed by an appropriate bench on January 10.

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Ayodhya case hearing: Supreme Court to hear Ayodhya case on January 29

14:04 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram Mandir hearing: VHP's Alok Verma speaks

The VHP said that its apprehensions that the opposite party will raise any frivolous issues to secure an adjournment have come true. Its international working president Alok Verma said that under the circumstances, an adjournment from January 10 to January 29 is rather long. Hindus are known for their patience and forbearance. "The judicial system still has the responsibility of deciding the matters without undue delays. The country hopes that the Chief Justice, heading the present Bench shall decisively act to prevent the delaying tactics of the opposite party," he said.

11:25 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram Mandir hearing LIVE Updates: Supreme Court seeks report on correctness of translated documents

The Supreme Court asked the Registry to give a report on by when will all documents be translated and the case be ready for hearing. The Registry had informed the CJI that 120 issues have been framed and 88 witnesses have been examined. The judgment runs into 8,500 plus typed pages. The court observed that there is a history regarding the correctness of translation of documents. It directed the Registry to engage official translators and submit a report regarding correctness of translated documents.

11:08 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram Mandir hearing in SC: CJI to set up fresh bench

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will now set up a fresh five-judge bench that will hear the Ayodhya case. The CJI said that newly constituted bench will commence hearing in the case on January 29. During today's hearing, Justice UU Lalit recused himself from hearing the case after senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan pointed out that Justice Lalit had represented Kalyan Singh in a Babri Masjid case.

11:05 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ayodhya case hearing: Supreme Court defers hearing till January 29

The CJI-headed Constitution bench deferred the hearing in Ram Mandir case till January 29. The decision to defer the hearing was taken after Justice UU Lalit recused himself from hearing the case. Justice Lalit had represented BJP leader Kalyan Singh in a Babri Masjid case at one point of time. The matter was raised by Sunni Waqf Board lawyer Rajeev Dhawan when the 5-judge bench met at 10:30 pm to hear the case. The court was slated to decide on the course of hearing today.

10:46 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram Mandir hearing LIVE Updates: Justice Lalit recuses himself from hearing Ayodhya case

Justice U Lalit ha recused himself from hearing the Ram mandir case. The development comes amid protests by Muslim parties. Justice SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana and Justice DY Chandrchud are the three other judges on the bench which is headed CHI Ranjan Gogoi. Justice Lalit was a criminal lawyer before he was elevated to the top court. He had represented Kalyan Singh in the Babri Masjid case at one time.

10:42 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ayodhya case: Hearing begins in Supreme Court

The top court's Constitution bench headed by CJI Ranjn Gogoi has assembled and the hearing in underway. CJI Gogoi clarified that the Constitution bench will only fix hearing date today. A total of 14 petitions are pending before the top court.

10:35 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ayodhya case hearing: Hearing to begin shortly

All the five judges have arrived at the Supreme Court. The hearing in the Ram Mandir case will begin at 10:30 am. The court is expected to decide on the course of hearing today. The Ram Mandir case is pending before the Supreme Court for the last nine years.

10:18 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ayodhya case hearing: 14 pleas pending before Supreme Court

A total of 14 petitions are pending before the Suprme Court for the last nine years. The petitions challenge the Allahabad High Court's 2010 order to bifurcate the 2.77 acres of land equally among the three involved parties -- Nirmohi Akhara, Shia Waqf Board and Ram Lalla.

10:11 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ayodhya case: Supreme Court to decide on course of hearing

The Supreme Court will take up the matter at 10:30 am. The Constitution bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi will today decide on the course of hearing. On January 4, the CJI had deferred the matter till January 10 and said that an appropriate bench will decide on the course of hearing on January 10.

09:45 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram mandir hearing in Supreme Court: No Muslim judge on Constitution bench

The Supreme Court on January 8 set up a Constitution bench to hear the Ram Mandir case. The bench is headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi. Interestingly, there is no Muslim judge on the bench. The other four judges are Justice SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana, Justice U Lalit and Justice DY Chandrchud. All will become Chief Justice in that order at some point of time in future. 

09:33 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram Mandir hearing today: RSS hopes BJP will fulfil promise

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological mentor of the Bharatiya Janata Party, said that it is hopeful that the Modi government will fulfil its promise during this tenure. RSS leader Dattatreya Hosabale said the people voted overwhelmingly in favour of the BJP in 2014 due to their faith that the government will construct a temple. He said that people expect this government to fulfil the promise during its current tenure. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

09:21 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram Mandir hearing in SC: Shia Waqf Board advocate wants day-to-day hearing

Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay who is representing the Shia Waqf Board has expressed hope that the Supreme Court will order day-to-day hearing when it meets today. According to him, the hearing will be over by January 2020 and the judgment will be reserved. The order will be noted during the Holi vacation and pronounced after that. The Supreme Court's Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will take up the matter for hearing on Thursday at 10:30am.

09:19 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram Mandir hearing update: Nitish Kumar on Ram Mandir issue

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said that his Janata Dal-United has nothing to do with the controversial issue of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya. "Our stand on these controversial issues is old. There is no change in our stand," he had told reporters on Monday. The JD(U) has been maintaining that the issue should be resolved peacefully by the Supreme Court.

09:11 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram mandir hearing in Supreme Court LIVE Updates: Smriti Irani attacks Rahul Gandhi over his remark on Ram Mandir

BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani has launched a scathing attack on Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his remarks on Ram Mandir. Irani who was on Friday visiting Amethi that is the parliamentary constituency of Rahul Gandhi, said: "Rahul Gandhi has made it clear today that he has no connection with Ram lalla, he has nothing to do with Mandir."

09:01 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram Mandir hearing today: How Ram Mandir movement redefined Indian politics

The 15th-century Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was demolished 26 years ago by Hindus. They believe tha babri masjid was destoryed by Mughal emperor Babur to construct a mosque where Lord Rama was born in the Treta Yug. The demotion of the disputed structure had triggered riots killing over 2,000 innocent people across the country. The Ram Mandir issue right from 1853 when a group of Hindus belonging to the Nirmohi Akhara occupied the Badbri Masjid and claimed its ownership, the Ram Mandir movement has been at the centre of the country’s politics. After partition in 1947, it was in December 1949 when some Hindus placed idols of Lord Ram and Sita inside the Babri Masjid and claimed that they had appeared miraculously. It was in the early 80s when the movement gathered momentum. The BJP which was formed in 1980 had to shift in its ideology after electoral loss and it fueled the Ram Mandir movement. Its leader LK Advani untook a rath yatra from Somnath to Ayodhya to garner support for the cause to restore ram mandir in Ayodhya. It was on December 6, 1992, as many as 2 lakh kar sevaks including BJP leaders including Advani and Uma Bharti gathered in Ayodhya, defying the prohibitory orders. The crowd demolished the three domes of the mosque. The movement saw the rise of BJP across the country. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

08:52 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram mandir hearing in SC: What Rahul Gandhi has to say on Ram temple issue

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said the narrative for upcoming Lok Sabha elections will not revolve around the Ram temple. "The narrative is very simple for 2019 elections. Jobs for India's youth. What will set the narrative is destruction of economy by (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi," he told reporters last Friday. The Congress president said that the Ayodhya issue is being heard by the Supreme Court and "let's see what Supreme Court will do on Ram temple."

08:44 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram Mandir hearing update: VHP demands day-to-day hearing

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has taken a note of the Supreme Court's move to appoint a Constitution bench heaed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi. BHP's naational spokesperson Vinod Bansal said that he hopes verdict in the case will be delivered soon. 'Hope Kapil Sibal will not cause any hindrance in the judgment and day-to-day hearing should be done for a speedy judgment,' he said. The VHP has been demanding from the BJP government to promulgate an ordinance to start the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Earlier, Sibal had urged the Supreme Court to defer the hearing in the case post-2019 general elections.

08:35 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram mandir hearing today: Modi's Minister Athawale says pushing for ordinance on Ram Mandir incorrect

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale has said that ordinance for Ram Mandir will not be right as the matter is sub judice. "I do not think to bring an ordinance on the temple will be the right decision. We should wait for the Supreme Court's verdict. People should accept the apex court judgement," Athawale, the president of Republican Party of India, said while acknowledging the demand of the Hindus.

08:26 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram Mandir hearing today: Supreme Court decision should be final, says Ram Vilas Paswan

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has expressed opposition to the idea of bringing an ordinance on the Ram Mandir issue. He said that the Supreme Court's decision on this matter should be final. "Everyone should accept whatever judgement the Supreme Court gives on the Ram Mandir issue -- be he from Hindu, Muslim or any other community," Paswan said. There were growing demands from right-wing outfits on the BJP government to bring an ordinance to start the construction of Ram Mandir.

08:24 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram mandir hearing LIVE: UP Minister wants Ram Mandir issue to be sorted out through discussions

BJP leader and Uttar Pradesh Animal Husbandry Minister SP Singh Baghel said that if the Ram Mandir issue is not settled in the Supreme Court, it should be sorted out through mutual discussions among the stakeholders. "Ram Mandir will surely be built. If the solution does not come out in the Supreme Court, it should be sorted on the basis of majority opinion and the significance of the matter... A matter can be sorted out in two ways. Either through the court's verdict or through mutual discussions," Baghel said.

08:13 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram Mandir hearing update: VHP ups ante against Modi government

VHP’s international working president Alok Kumar has reiterated that the VHP is in favour of taking ordinance route. "The VHP continues to be of the firm opinion that legislation by Parliament is an expeditious way of resolving the disputes and would urge the Central government to bring in such legislation within its present term,” he said. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

08:09 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram Mandir hearing LIVE Updates: About Supreme Court's Constitution bench

A five-Judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court will hear the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. The bench is headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. The other judges on the bench are Justice SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana, Justice UU Lalit and Justice DY Chandrchud. The four justices will become the Chief Justice at some point of time in future. While Justice Bobde will succeed Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi in November this year, Justice Ramana will succeed Justice Bobde followed by Justice Lalit and Justice Chandrachud.

07:58 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram Mandir hearing today: Will not cede an inch of land, says VHP

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has reiterated that it will not cede an inch of land for anything but a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. The VHP has been demanding from the Sunni Waqf Board to withdraw their petition. "The distribution of land is not acceptable to us and we want the whole land for Lord Ram," Champat Rai, international vice-president of VHP, said.

07:43 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram Mandir hearing in Supreme Court LIVE Updates: PM Modi breaks silence on Ram temple in Ayodhya

On January 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told news agency ANI that his government will not bring an ordinance on the issue of Ram Mandir when the matter is being heard in the Supreme Court. He had, however, said that all efforts will be made once the judicial process is over. Modi's remark came in the backdrop of saffron outfits such as RSS and VHP mounting pressure on the Central government for an ordinance to facilitate construction of the Ram Mandir. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

07:33 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram Mandir case hearing: Praveen Togadia speaks on Ram temple issue

Former VHP leader Pravin Togadia has accused the ruling BJP of betraying the people on the Ram Mandir issue. Togadia had said that people who swore in the name of Ram Mandir have managed to make Rs 500-crore office for themselves in New Delhi, while Lord Ram continues to live under the open sky, in a tent. The firebrand leader had last year quit the VHP.

07:25 (IST)10 Jan 2019
Ram Mandir hearing LIVE Updates: What Supreme Court said on January 4

The Supreme Court on Friday deferred the hearing in the Ayodhya title suit till January 10. A bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi stated that the bench that will hear a batch of cross petitions challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment on the case will decide the future course of the hearing. "This is the Ramjanmabhmi case? Yes? Ok. Listen to the order now. Further orders will be passed by the appropriate bench on January 10," CJI Ranjan Gogoi said asking lawyers in the case to come on January 10.

"Further orders in the matter will be passed on 10.1.2019 by the appropriate bench as may be constituted," Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said.

Model of Ram TempleA five-Judge Constitution Bench has been set up headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi to hear the title suit in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case. According to a notice issued by the Additional Registrar (Listing), the other judges in the bench are Justice SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana, Justice UU Lalit and Justice DY Chandrchud. Interestingly, the four justices will become the Chief Justice in that order at some point of time in future. The Allahabad High Court had in 2010 passed a judgment favouring division of the 2.77 acres of land equally among the three parties involved in the case -- Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Waqf Board. The court had in October last year deferred the matter till January 2019 saying this matter is not an urgent one for it. On September 27, the Supreme Court had rejected the plea by Muslim litigants for referring the challenge to the 2010 High Court judgment to a larger five-judge constitution bench. At that time, then CJI Dipak Misra had directed that the case is referred to a three-judge bench to begin hearing from October 29.
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