Ayodhya case won’t be taken up by SC on January 29 as one of the judges is unavailable

New Delhi: The much-awaited Ayodhya case won’t be taken up by the Supreme Court on Tuesday as one of the judges in the five-judge Constitution bench will not be available, the additional registrar of the top court said in a circular. The unavailable judge is Justice SA Bobde; he is on the five-judge Constitution bench that was scheduled to hear the Ayodhya case on January 29 and fix the hearings. Curiously, the new date for the Ayodhya case hearing has not been decided yet.

The hearing has been cancelled two days after Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi reconstituted the 5-member bench by inducting Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer. Nazeer is the only Muslim among the Supreme Court’s 28 judges. He had in December given a minority judgment and favoured referring the question whether a mosque is integral to Islam or not to a larger Bench.  The Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit was earlier postponed on January 10 after Justice UU Lalit recused himself from hearing the case.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditya-nath has said people’s “patience” on the issue of Ram temple is “fast running out” and if the Supreme Court is unable to give an early verdict on the dispute, it should “hand the matter over to us” and it will be resolved within 24 hours. “By adding the title dispute unnecessarily, the Ayodhya dispute is being prolonged. We appeal to the Supreme Court to give us justice at the earliest, to the satisfaction of millions of people, so that it can become a symbol of people’s faith.

But if there is unnecessary delay, institutions may lose people’s trust,” he added. Ramdev too wants the government to initiate construction work at the disputed site. “Either the Supreme Court or the government should do something about the construction. There aren’t many possibilities of a quick judgment by the court, so I think that the government should take the initiative,” the 53- year-old yoga teacher told reporters at the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj.

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