2 new judges added to SC's Ayodhya bench
NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has reconstituted the Constitution bench to hear the Ayodhya case, by adding two new judges to it. The case will be heard on January 29.
The two new judges are Justice Abdul Nazeer and Justice Ashok Bhushan. These two judges were earlier part of the Ayodhya bench when the then Chief Justice Dipak Misra headed it.
Justice UU Lalit had earlier this month recused himself from the bench saying he had been a lawyer in a related case.
The bench led by Chief Justice will on Tuesday decide on a schedule and the frequency of hearings in the case. The other judges on the Constitution Bench are Justice SA Bobde and Justice DY Chandrachud.
The decision on the title suit, pending for six decades and at the heart of India's most politically divisive row, comes amid demands to speed up the plan to build a Ram temple at the site where the 16th-century Babri mosque stood before Hindu right-wing activists in 1992 razed it.
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. Last year, the Supreme Court refused an early hearing in the case. If the Supreme Court, however, decides on daily or frequent hearings in the case, it will be seen as a shot in the arm for those demanding a resolution to the issue before the Lok Sabha polls.