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Ayodhya dispute: Judge who recused from hearing had represented Kalyan Singh

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Justice U U Lalit, who recused himself Thursday from the five bench of the hearing the politically-sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-land title dispute in Ayodhya, had represented the then who faced contempt proceedings after the disputed structure was demolished.

Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for a Muslim party, placed before a five bench headed by Ranjan Gogoi, the apex court order of November 20, 1997 which noted name of Justice Lalit, who was then the appearing for Singh.

The contempt petition against Singh was with a bench then comprising Justices G N Ray and S P Bharucha.

The disputed structure was demolished on December 6, 1992.

A day before the incident, Singh as a had promised that status quo would be maintained at the disputed site.

Dhavan on Thursday reminded the bench, also comprising Bobde, N V Ramana, U U and D Y Chandrachud, that Singh, who is now the of Rajasthan, had failed to abide by his promise to maintain status quo.

After the demolition of the disputed structure, Singh was given a token punishment of a one day imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2,000.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 21:00 IST