The Supreme Court on Sunday cancelled the hearing on Ram-Janmabhoomi dispute which was scheduled for 29th January, due unavailability of one out of the five-judge bench constituted for the matter.
Justice S A Bobde will not be available on January 29 due to which sitting of the Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi stands cancelled, as per a notice issued by the Supreme Court registry.
The five-judge bench was re-constituted on January 25, as Justice U U Lalit , who was a member of the original bench, had recused himself from hearing the matter. This was followed by Justice N V Ramana withdrawing citing personal reasons. Besides the CJI, the new bench comprises justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer.
Couple of days earlier, speaking to a private news channel, UP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath said that the matter is being prolonged unnecessarily and that the court should give its verdict soon. “I want to say that the court should give its verdict soon, and if it is unable to do so, it should hand over the issue to us. We will resolve the Ram Janmabhoomi dispute within 24 hours. We won’t take 25 hours,” he further said. The UP chief minister also stated that the government had not brought an ordinance in the matter as the case was sub judice.
“Parliament cannot discuss matters that are sub judice. We are leaving it to the court. Had the court given justice based on the 1994 affidavit filed by the then central government, a good message could have gone to the country. It would have been a nice example. But this unnecessary delay is causing a situation where people’s patience is fast running out,” he said.
(with ANI dispute)