Ayodhya Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case LIVE updates: A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, on Thursday adjourned the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute matter till January 29 after one of the judges recused himself from the case. Justice U U Lalit withdrew from the case after advocate Rajeev Dhavan pointed out that he had appeared for former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh in a criminal case related to the dispute in 1994. A newly constituted-bench will be formed ahead of the hearing at the end of the month.
The bench is expected to hear 14 petitions against the Allahabad High Court verdict of September 30, 2010, ordering a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres at the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site, giving a third each to the Nirmohi Akhara sect, the Sunni Central Wakf Board, Uttar Pradesh, and Ramlalla Virajman. On January 4, the apex court had said that further orders in the matter would be passed on January 10 by “the appropriate bench, as may be constituted”. On October 29 last year, the court had fixed the matter for hearing in the first week of January. An application for an urgent hearing by advancing the date, filed by the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, had been turned down by the top court.