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Court adjourned, next hearing to decide timeline on Ayodhya dispute case on January 29

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A newly constituted bench will now hear the case on January 29.

On January 10, 2019 hearing: A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court hears the Ayodhya land title dispute case, sets January 29 as the next date for hearing in the case.

A five-judge Constitution bench, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, will today deliberate on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case today. CJI Gogoi set up a Constitution bench, consisting of justices SA Bobde, NV Ramana, Uday U Lalit, and DY Chandrachud, on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce on Thursday its verdict on a batch of pleas by Muslim groups on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute seeking reconsideration by a larger bench, the observations made by it in a 1994 verdict that a mosque was not integral to Islam.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer will pronounce the verdict, which had reserved it on July 20.

M Siddiq, one of the original litigants of the Ayodhya case who has died and is being represented through his legal heir, had assailed certain findings of the 1994 verdict in the case of M Ismail Faruqui holding that a mosque was not integral to the prayers offered by the followers of Islam.

In what appears to be the loudest chatter for expediting the construction of the Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya in two decades, the case assumes even more importance in the run-up to the general election.

Before that, CJI Ranjan Gogoi had said the court would only fix the schedule to hear a batch of petitions related to the matter and clarified that the hearing was not starting on Thursday.

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