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Supreme Court to hear Ayodhya case for an hour more on Monday

The Supreme Court on Friday decided to hear the Ram Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid dispute case for an extra hour next Monday.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Sep 21, 2019, 09.19 AM IST
"We can sit for extra one hour on Monday (September 23)," the bench which also comprise Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer said.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday heard the Ayodhya title suit only for half a day on Friday, but indicated that it would go on an overdrive from Monday when it will sit an extra hour beyond court hours to ensure that it meets the November deadline for a final ruling on the issue.

A five-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is hearing appeals and cross appeals by the Sunni Central Wakf Board and the Hindu side represented by the Ram Lalla and the Nirmohi Akhara, the sebaiyat. The CJI demits office on November 17, 2019, and has to deliver a judgement or else the case will have to re-heard by a new bench. The court had earlier set an October 18, 2019, deadline for completing arguments in the case but has been unable to stick to its scheduled hearings. The hearing on Thursday was abandoned after lunch after the CJI took ill.

On Friday too there was no hearing in the afternoon. The court will have to make up for this lost time unless it wants to overshoot its deadline. The CJI said that the bench would still till 5 pm on Monday to make up for the lost time, well past the court’s 4 o’clock normal sitting.
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