Ram Janmabhoomi Case Hearing Second Longest In The History Of Supreme Court After Kesavananda Bharati Case

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi (Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Supreme Court's all powerful five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Saturday (9 November) pronounced historic verdict to the politically and religiously sensitive decades-old temple-mosque land dispute in Ayodhya.

The hearing in the case lasted for 40 days and was the second-longest proceedings in the history of the top court, reports Economic Times.

The charged legal proceedings before the five judge bench began in the format of daily hearings on 6 August and ended on 16 October, with the final and unanimous verdict of the five judges being pronounced on Saturday (9 November).


The longest proceedings in any case held in the Supreme Court was however witnessed in 1973 during the landmark Keshvanand Bharti case which propounded the theory of basic structure of constitution. The case was heard by the top court for 68 days.

It should be noted though that by closing the case of title dispute on Ram Janmabhoommi and Babri masjid, the bench also comprising of the successive Chief Justice designate SA Bobde put an end to a dispute which has been prolonged for more than a century.

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