Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi (ANI file)
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi (ANI file)

Ayodhya case: CJI to meet senior UP officials Friday to review law and order

  • According to sources, the Chief Justice will hold the meeting in his chambers around noon
  • With the Chief Justice Gogoi demiting his office on 17 November, the verdict is expect to be pronounced next week

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi will meet the chief secretary and director general of police of Uttar Pradesh on Friday to review the law and order situation in the state ahead of the verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title suit, likely next week.

As per sources, the Chief Justice will hold the meeting in his chambers around noon.

With the Chief Justice Gogoi demiting his office on 17 November, the verdict is expect to be pronounced next week.

A five-judge constitution bench, presided by the Chief Justice, started the day-to-day hearing in the Ayodhya land dispute case on 6 August after mediation between the Hindu and Muslim claimants failed.

The 40 days of hearing witnessed a lot of drama and finally ended on 16 October. The constitution bench, also comprising Justices S.A. Bobde, D.Y. Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S. Abdul Nazeer, directed the parties on the last day to submit notes on written submissions on 'moulding of relief' or narrowing down the issues on which the court is required to adjudicate, within three days. The three prominent parties in this dispute sought directions through written statement.

The judgment has serious social and political implications as it will come just a couple of weeks before the 27th anniversary of demolition of Babri Masjid. It will also come ahead of assembly elections in Delhi and Bihar. The Bharatiya Janata Party, which heads the National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre, had in its election manifesto promised to build a Ram temple at the site.

Fourteen appeals had been filed before the Supreme Court against the 2010 Allahabad high court judgment, which said the disputed 22.7 acres should be equally divided among the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

On 6 December 1992, Babri Masjid, a 16th century mosque, was demolished by Hindu groups who want a Ram temple built at the site.

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