5 SC Judges who pronounced Ayodhya case verdict invited for consecration ceremony

New Delhi, Jan 19 (UNI) The five judges of the Supreme Court, who delivered the historic verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi case on November 9, 2019 have been invited to the Ayodhya Ram Mandir consecration ceremony on January 22 as state guests.

A bench comprising Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice SA Bobde, Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer pronounced the historic judgement after the court battle of almost 70 years.

The four judges among the five have since retired and are heading various posts. Justice DY Chandrachud who was among the five is presently the Chief Justice of India.

When the judgement was pronounced the bench was headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who retired just one week after pronouncing the Ayodhya judgement on November 17, 2019.

Justice Bobde was appointed the 47th Chief Justice of India on November 18, 2019, succeeding Ranjan Gogoi. His tenure was of 1 year and 5 months.

Thereafter Justice DY Chandrachud was sworn in as the Chief Justice of India on November 9, 2022, exactly three years after he pronounced the Ayodhya judgement on November 9, 2022.

Justice Ashok Bhushan as a sitting Judge of the Supreme Court of India, on July 27, 2020, was appointed as Chairman of the Ravi Bias River Tribunal. He retired as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India on July 04, 2021.

After retirement, he joined as the Chairperson of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal on November 08, 2021.

Justice Nazeer retired on 4 January 4, 2023. In the months leading up to his retirement, Justice Nazeer led a constitution bench which heard pleas against the 2016 banknote demonetisation carried out by the Government of India and ruled in favour of the Union government.

Justice Nazeer is presently the Governor of Andhra Pradesh. He is an authority on the Bharatiya Legal System. He continuously speaks on the significance of the ancient Bharatiya Jurisprudence, and Decolonisation of the Indian Legal System and suggests many measures to mould the Indian judicial system according to “Bharatiya culture.

The Five judge’s bench of the Apex Court had on November 9, 2019, granted the entire disputed land in Ayodhya to the deity Ram Lalla. The bench had also directed the government to allot an alternative five-acre plot to the Muslim side to build a mosque. The construction of the Ram Mandir is considered the resolution of a legal dispute that spanned seven decades.

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