Supreme Court to conduct closed-door proceedings in Ayodhya case today

Supreme Court to conduct closed-door proceedings in Ayodhya case today

Day after concluding the hearing in Ayodhya case, members of the 5-Judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court will sit “in chambers” on Thursday. The Supreme Court had issued a notice in this regard, stating the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and four other judges will sit in chambers, where parties involved are not allowed.

“Take notice that on Thursday the October 17, the Chief Justice, Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer will sit in chambers”, the notice said.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court had concluded the hearing in the Ayodhya land dispute case following which the judgement was reserved.

Arguments of the Hindu and Muslim parties were heard by the bench for 40 days.

It granted three days to contesting parties to file written notes on ‘moulding of relief’ or narrowing down the issues on which the court is required to adjudicate.

The high voltage hearing in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute involving 2.77 acres of land is the second-longest after the landmark Keshvanand Bharti case in 1973, during which the proceedings for propounding the doctrine of the basic structure of the Constitution continued for 68 days. The hearing on the validity of Aadhaar scheme lasted for 38 days in the top court which came into existence in 1950.

The bench, also comprising SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer, came out with schedules for hearing more than once and the arguments, which were first fixed to be concluded by October 18, was advanced to October 17, but on Wednesday, it decided to wrap it up saying “enough is enough”.

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