SC to hear Ayodhya land dispute case on Jan 29

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Supreme Court has fixed hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute case for 29th of this month. The Constituition Bench hearing the case  is to be reconstituted after Justice UU Lalit recused himself from the case. 

Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for a Muslim party, told the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that  Justice Lalit appeared for former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh in 1994. Though Dhavan said he was not seeking Justice Lalit’s recusal, the judge opted out of the hearing in the matter. Other members of the bench comprised Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde, NV Ramana, and DY Chandrachud. 

Dhavan also drew the attention of the bench to the fact that the matter was earlier fixed for hearing before a three-judge bench but the CJI took a decision to list it before a five-judge Constitution Bench.