New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) will pronounce on Saturday its verdict in the almost 70-year long Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya.
Here’s all you need to know about the five-judge constitutional bench presided by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, which will pronounce the verdict:
CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA RANJAN GOGOI: Appointed to his current post on 3 October 2018, Gogoi’s tenure ends on 17 November after a 13-month stint. Gogoi joined the Bar in 1978. He mainly practised in the Guwahati High Court. He was appointed as a permanent judge of the Guwahati High Court on 28 February, 2001. Later, on 9 September 2010, he was transferred to Punjab & Haryana High Court. On 12 February, 2011 he was appointed as Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court. Gogoi got elevated as judge of the Supreme Court on 23 April, 2012.
He was part of the bench that thwarted the government’s attempts to weaken the Lokpal Act. He issued a contempt of court notice against former SC judge Markandey Katju. He also put in jail a sitting judge, justice C.S. Karnan of Calcutta high court, for court contempt, first time that a sitting judge of a high court had been jailed.
JUSTICE SHARAD ARVIND BOBDE: President Ram Nath Kovind in October appointed Justice SA Bobde, the senior-most judge in the SC after Gogoi recommended his name. Bobde will be the 47th CJI. He will hold office till April 23, 2021.
Born on 24 April 1956 in Nagpur, Bobde secured his BA and LLB degree from Nagpur University. He was enrolled on the roll of Bar Council of Maharashtra in 1978. Further, he practiced Law at the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court with appearances at Bombay before the Principal Seat and before the Supreme Court of India for over 21 years.
He was elevated to the bench of the Bombay High Court on 29 March, 2000, as additional judge. He was sworn in as Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court on 16 October, 2012 and elevated as a judge of SC on 12 April, 2013.
JUSTICE DY CHANDRACHUD: Son of famous SC jurist Y. V. Chandrachud, he obtained LLM degree and a Doctorate in Juridical Sciences (SJD) from Harvard Law School, USA. Prior to this, he studied BA with Economics Honours at St Stephen's College, Delhi and LLB from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University.
Chandrachud was appointed as the judge of the SC on 13 May, 2016. Prior to this, he was appointed as the judge of Bombay High Court from 29 March 2000 until appointment as Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court from 31 October 2013 until appointment to the Supreme Court. He also remained additional solicitor general of India from 1998 until appointment as a judge.
He was part of the bench that decriminalized homosexuality.
JUSTICE ASHOK BHUSHAN: Born on 5 July, 1956 in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh, Bhushan graduated in arts in 1975 and obtained his law degree from the Allahabad University. He was sworn in as Judge of the High Court of Kerala on 10 July 2014, and took charge as acting Chief Justice on 1 August, 2014. He was sworn in as Chief Justice on 26 March, 2015 and elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court of India on 13 May, 2016.
JUSTICE S ABDUL NAZEER: Elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court of India on 17 February, 2017, Nazeer enrolled as an advocate in 1983. Nazeer practised in the high court of Karnataka. He was appointed as Additional Judge of the Karnataka High Court on May 12, 2003 and as a permanent judge on 24 September, 2004.