Supreme Court of India

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Friday decided to hear the Ayodhya case for an extra hour from Monday.

This has been decided to conclude the hearing before the October 18 deadline, which was fixed by the Supreme Court earlier.

The Constitution bench told the counsel for both the Hindu and Muslim parties that it has decided to rise at 5 pm instead of 4 pm.

“We can sit for extra one hour from Monday,” the bench said.

The bench also comprises Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer.

The Supreme Court aims to deliver the verdict in the protracted land title dispute by mid-November.

CJI Ranjan Gogoi heads the Ayodhya Bench in the Supreme Court and he is slated to retire on November 17.

The entire matter would have to be heard afresh if the judgement is not delivered before Gogoi’s retirement.

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