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The Supreme Court’s Constitution Bench to be Reconstituted After Justice U U Lalit Rescues Himself from the Bill

Team SoOLEGAL 10 Jan 2019 3:30pm

The Supreme Court’s Constitution Bench to be Reconstituted After Justice U U Lalit Rescues Himself from the Bill

In the Ayodhya case hearing today Justice U U Lalit expressed that he was recusing from hearing the matter after Muslim petitioners objected to the presence of Justice UU Lalit in the five-judge bench constituted to hear the case. The case has been adjourned till 29 January

CJI Ranjan Gogoi said that the court has no option but to adjourn the hearing to some other date” for the purpose, that is for fixing a date of the hearing in the main matter. The CJI had also clarified earlier that court was assembled today to only fix a schedule of the case and not start arguments in the case.

 Muslim petitioners objected to the presence of Justice U U Lalit as once he had appeared as a lawyer for Kalyan Singh, former UP Chief Minister in a connected case in 1994. Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhawan was representing the Muslim petitioners.

On October 29, the Apex Court had said that the matter will be listed in the first week of January for fixing the date of hearing.

On January 4, the bench of CJI Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul decided to post the matter on January 10 'before appropriate bench' to fix the hearing date.

In December 2017, a plea for postponing the hearing after 2019 Lok Sabha polls was made by Senior Advocates Kapil Sibal, Rajeev Dhawan and Dushyant Dave, on the ground that the political climate was not conducive for hearing the dispute. However, the bench of the then CJI Misra turned down the plea.

Tagged: Ayodhya   Justice UU Lalit   CJI Ranjan Gogoi   Supreme Court   Constitution Bench   Justice S K Kaul   Lok Sabha   Dipak Misra   Kapil Sibal   Rajeev Dhawan   Dushyant Dave   Kalyan Singh     
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