The scheduled hearing of the Ayodhya title suite appeals by the Constitution Bench will not be held on January 29 due to unavailability of Justice S. A. Bobde, the Supreme Court of India stated it on Sunday through a notice.
The Bench was to peruse the report prepared by the Supreme Court Registry on the state of the entire case records of the Ayodhya case.
The notice, however, did not mention any future date for hearing the Ayodhya case. It could be that one of the appellants may mention the case before Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and seek a future date for hearing, the Hindu reported.
In the recent past, the Bench witnessed a change in two of its judges with Justices Ashok Bhushan and S. Abdul Nazeer had replaced Justices N.V. Ramana and U.U. Lalit.
Justice Lalit chose to recuse himself from the Bench on January 10 after it was pointed out that he had appeared as a lawyer in a case connected to the Ayodhya dispute in 1997.
Justice Bhushan is the author of the September 27, 2018 majority judgment that refused to refer the question whether prayer in a mosque is essential to Islam, before a seven-judge Bench. He was seconded by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, who had led the three-judge Bench.
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The Bench led by Chief Justice Gogoi and comprising Justices S.A. Bobde and D.Y. Chandrachud along Justices Bhushan and Nazeer was supposed to fix the time and schedule for future hearings in the appeals on January 29.