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Ayodhya case: Justice Lalit recuses himself; new Bench to hear on Jan 29

Ayodhya land dispute case: Justice U U Lalit recuses from Ayodhya Bench as Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan points out that he appeared for Kalyan Singh in a related matter

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A general view of the Supreme Court after the Ayodhya hearing was rescheduled to January 29. Photo: Aashish Aryan

Ayodhya case: The on Thursday deferred the Ayodhya title dispute case to January 29, saying the five-bench that was to hear the case will be reconstituted as U U Lalit recused himself.

The apex court took the decision after senior counsel Rajeev Dhawan, appearing for one of the Muslim parties, told the bench headed by Chief that Lalit in 1997 appeared for former Chief Minister Kalyan Singh in one of the matters related to the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute.

Singh is currently the Rajasthan Governor.

Soon after, Justice Lalit conveyed to Chief Justice Gogoi and other members of the bench — Justice S A Bobde, Justice N V Ramana, Justice D Y Chandrchud — of his reluctance to continue on the bench and recused himself.


The court, thereafter, directed its registry to go through all the records relating to the which are available with it and submit a report by January 29 as to how much time it would require for translating the documents and the case material which are in Persian, Arabic, Urdu and Gurmukhi languages.

However, when senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing for one of the Hindu litigants, offered to assist the registry in the handling of the papers and their translations, Chief Justice Gogoi said that he will rely entirely on his own registry to do the job.


Having directed the secretary general of the to submit the report in 15 days the court directed that the reconstituted bench will hold the hearing on January 29.

The had said that the bench will hear several petitions challenging the 2010 judgement on the Ayodhya title dispute


The had in 2010 trifurcated the disputed site, giving one portion each to Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and the original Muslim litigant.

Catch LIVE updates of the hearing here 

Ayodhya case: Justice Lalit recuses himself; new Bench to hear on Jan 29

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Ayodhya case: Justice Lalit recuses himself; new Bench to hear on Jan 29

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Ayodhya case: Justice Lalit recuses himself; new Bench to hear on Jan 29

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Ayodhya case: Justice Lalit recuses himself; new Bench to hear on Jan 29

Supreme Court fixes January 29 as the next date of hearing

Ayodhya case: Justice Lalit recuses himself; new Bench to hear on Jan 29

A new bench to be constituted

Ayodhya case: Justice Lalit recuses himself; new Bench to hear on Jan 29

Justice U U Lalit recuses from Ayodhya Bench as Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan points out that he appeared for Kalyan Singh in a related matter

Ayodhya case: Justice Lalit recuses himself; new Bench to hear on Jan 29

CJI Gogoi says that Justice Lalit expressed the desire to recuse from hearing the matter, as it would not seem appropriate for him to continue in the bench, although the merits of the case is unrelated to contempt case

Ayodhya case: Justice Lalit recuses himself; new Bench to hear on Jan 29

Hearing adjourned

Ayodhya case: Justice Lalit recuses himself; new Bench to hear on Jan 29

Justice U U Lalit recuses himself from Constitution bench after one of the petitioner points out he had appeared for the then UP CM Kalyan Singh as a lawyer in the case Justice Lalit had appeared for Kalyan Singh in a criminal case related to Ayodhya issue    

Ayodhya case: Justice Lalit recuses himself; new Bench to hear on Jan 29

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Ayodhya case: Justice Lalit recuses himself; new Bench to hear on Jan 29

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 08:47 IST
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Ayodhya case: The on Thursday deferred the Ayodhya title dispute case to January 29, saying the five-bench that was to hear the case will be reconstituted as U U Lalit recused himself.

The apex court took the decision after senior counsel Rajeev Dhawan, appearing for one of the Muslim parties, told the bench headed by Chief that Lalit in 1997 appeared for former Chief Minister Kalyan Singh in one of the matters related to the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute.

Singh is currently the Rajasthan Governor.

Soon after, Justice Lalit conveyed to Chief Justice Gogoi and other members of the bench — Justice S A Bobde, Justice N V Ramana, Justice D Y Chandrchud — of his reluctance to continue on the bench and recused himself.


The court, thereafter, directed its registry to go through all the records relating to the which are available with it and submit a report by January 29 as to how much time it would require for translating the documents and the case material which are in Persian, Arabic, Urdu and Gurmukhi languages.

However, when senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing for one of the Hindu litigants, offered to assist the registry in the handling of the papers and their translations, Chief Justice Gogoi said that he will rely entirely on his own registry to do the job.


Having directed the secretary general of the to submit the report in 15 days the court directed that the reconstituted bench will hold the hearing on January 29.

The had said that the bench will hear several petitions challenging the 2010 judgement on the Ayodhya title dispute


The had in 2010 trifurcated the disputed site, giving one portion each to Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and the original Muslim litigant.

Catch LIVE updates of the hearing here 

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