New Delhi: There is a big hearing on the Ayodhya Land dispute today in the Supreme Court. Chief Judge Ranjan Gogoi will chair the bench of 5 judges. The other members of the bench are Justice S. S. Bobde, Justice NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandchud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Abdul Nazir. The hearing was to be held on January 29, but because of the Bench member Justice Bobde’s leave, the court had postponed it till February 26.
During today’s hearing, the Hindu party and the UP government associated with the case demanded to start the hearing soon. Will also keep demanding the case to be settled on a regular basis in a fixed time frame. After hearing the plea of both sides, please give a date according to the availability of bench time.
On January 10, the court had sought a report from the Registry that the documents were ready to be kept in court or not. Registry reports will depend on whether regular hearing will start soon or not. If the court accepts demand for hearing every day, then it will be a matter of seeing how long the hearing will be completed. For this, the court will ask all the parties how much time they want for their cross examination. The court can also ask everyone to keep a record in limited time.
You will remember that even in the case of three divorces in 2016, the Supreme Court adopted this approach. The hearing was completed in seven to eight days in case of three divorce cases. Given the expansion of the Ayodhya case, the probability that hearing will be held in such a short time is very low, yet one can set a time frame.