Ayodhya case: Supreme Court adjourns hearing to January 2019

The Supreme Court adjourned the hearing of a batch of pleas challenging the Allahabad High Court's 2010 verdict to January 2019.

The Allahabad High Court's verdict had divided the disputed land on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid area in Ayodhya into three parts.

On September 27, the apex court had declined to refer to a five-judge constitution bench the issue of reconsideration of the observations in its 1994 judgment that a mosque was not integral to Islam which had arisen during the hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute.

In a majority verdict of 2:1, a three-judge bench headed by then chief justice Dipak Misra had said the civil suit has to be decided on the basis of evidence and the previous verdict has no relevance to this issue.

Justice Ashok Bhushan, who had penned the judgment for himself and the Chief Justice of India, had said it has to find out the context in which the five-judge bench had delivered the 1994 verdict.

However, Justice S. Abdul Nazeer had disagreed with the two judges and had said whether a mosque is integral to Islam has to be decided considering religious belief which requires detailed consideration.

(with news agency inputs)