Ayodhya title suit hearing, which was deferred to hear on January 29 due to medical leave of a Judge, will now be held on February 26, the Supreme Court said it on Wednesday.
While it also directed that a five judge Bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi is scheduled to hear the appeals. The Bench also comprises Justice SA Bobde, DY Chandrachur, Ashok Bhusan and S Abdul Nazeer. The hearing was deferred on that day as Justice Bobde was on medical leave.
The Bench is supposed to fix the time and schedule for future hearings in the appeals. It may also read carefully the report prepared by the Supreme Court Registry on the state of the entire case records of Ayodhya case. These papers have been lying inside 15 sealed trunks in a sealed room of the court for the past several years.
The Bench has observed a change in two of its judges. Justice Ashok Bhusan and S Abdul Nazeer replaced Justice NV Ramanna and UU Lalit.
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Justice Lalit chose to rescue from the Bench on January 10 because he has appeared as lawyer in a case connected to Ayodhya dispute in 1997.Justice Bhushan is the author of the September 27, 2018 majority judgement which refused to refer the question whether prayer in a mosque is essential to Islam before a Bench. He was seconded by the then CJI Dipak Mishra, who had led the three judge bench.