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Ayodhya hearing deferred to Jan 29 after a SC judge exits the case

The Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case in the Supreme Court got adjourned again on Thursday as the apex court fixed January 29 as the next date of hearing after Justice UU Lalit recused himself from the case.

A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, and comprising of Justice SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana, Justice UU Lalit and Justice DY Chandrachud, said that there will be no hearing in the case on Thursday adding that only date and schedule will be decided.

Justice UU Lalit recued himself from hearing the case after advocate Rajeev Dhavan pointed out that Justice Lalit had appeared for Kalyan Singh government in 1997.

It’s been six decades that the decision on the title suit is pending and has remained as the India’s most politically divisive issue. There are demands to speed up the plan to build a Ram temple at the site where the 16th-century Babri mosque stood before it was razed by Hindu right wing activists in 1992.

Moreover, the members of the ruling BJP, some of its allies and right-wing groups want a special executive order or ordinance to enable the start of construction before the general elections are announced.

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