The Supreme Court will not hear the Ayodhya land dispute case on 29 January due to the non-availability of Justice SA Bobde, ANI reported. The case was to be heard by a 5-judge Constitution Bench headed by CJI Rajnan Gogoi, and Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer.
Justices Bhushan and Nazeer who were part of an earlier 3-judge bench in the politically sensitive Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case, were included in the newly constituted 5-judge bench in the case on Friday, 25 January, PTI reported.
Both the judges were part of the 3-judge bench, then headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra (now retired), which had by 2:1 majority verdict refused to refer to a larger bench the question as to whether mosque is integral to offering prayers in Islam. Justice Nazeer had delivered a minority judgment.