CJI-led benches to give 4 key rulings in 3 days

NEW DELHI: With the entire country’s attention focussed on the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute, CJI Ranjan Gogoi has chosen the last three working days in his tenure as the perfect time to deliver it, along with judgments in three other important cases — Rafale, Sabarimala and whether the Right to Information (RTI) law applied to the CJI’s office.
Expectations were high about pronouncement of the verdict this week, when the court reopened on November 4 after the Diwali break. But the CJI-led benches did not deliver any judgment, indicating that work is still in progress.
The Ayodhya case has been lingering since 1858 and litigation on it has been going on since 1885. There is hope that the court will render a unanimous verdict as it would remove any ambiguity that could arise in case of a 4-1 or 3-2 decision.
The CJI is heading three other benches which will deliver verdicts on petitions seeking review of the SC judgment allowing entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple, the judgment giving a clean chit to the government in the Rafale deal and a petition seeking to bring the CJI’s office under the ambit of RTI Act.

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