Ayodhya Verdict 5 Supreme Court judges

The Supreme Court of India (SC), on November 9, deliver its verdict in the Ayodhya (Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid) title suit case at 10.30 am.

In a 40-day marathon daily hearing on the matter of Ram Janmabhoomi and Babri Masjid, all parties had presented their arguments to a Supreme Court Constitutional Bench, headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices SA Bobde (CJI elect), DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer.

Here’s a quick look at the Supreme Court judges who deliver the landmark verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit case:

CJI Ranjan Gogoi

CJI Gogoi became a judge of the Supreme Court on 23 April, 2012.

  • Born on 18 November 1954
  • In 1978, he joined the Bar Council. Most of his time was spent in the Guwahati High Court.
  • Appointed as a permanent judge on 28 February 2001 in the Guwahati High Court.
  • Transfer to Punjab and Haryana High Court on 9 September 2010.
  • Appointed as Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on 12 February 2011.
  • Appointed to the Supreme Court on 23 April 2012.
  • Appointed Chief Justice of the country on 03 October 2018.
  • Will retire on 15 November 2019.

Justice SA Bobde

Justice SA Bobde will take oath as the 47th CJI, after CJI Gogoi’s term ends on 17 November. He was elevated as a judge of Supreme Court of India on 12 April, 2013.

  • Born on April 24, 1956 in Nagpur.
  • BA from Nagpur University And LLB did.
  • Became member of Maharashtra Bar Council in 1978.
  • Advocated for 21 years in the Bombay High Court, its Nagpur bench and the Supreme Court.
  • Became Senior Advocate in 1998.
  • 29 March 2000 appointed as Additional Judge on the bench of Bombay High Court.
  • Appointed as Chief Justice of Central High Court on 16 October 2012.
  • Appointed judge in Supreme Court on 12 April 2013.
  • Will retire on 23 April 2021.

Justice DY Chandrachud

The former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, also served as a judge in the Bombay High Court. he was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in May 2016.

  • Born on 11 November 1959.
  • BA from St. Stephens College, New Delhi, LLB from Delhi University.
  • LLM and Doctorate in Judicial Sciences from Harvard Law School, USA.
  • Lectures at various universities around the world, visiting professor.
  • Advocated as Senior Advocate in the Bombay High Court and Supreme Court since 1998 June.
  • Additional Solicitor General in 1998.
  • Appointed judge in Bombay High Court on 29 March 2000.
  • Appointed Chief Justice in Allahabad High Court on 31 October 2013.
  • Appointed judge in Supreme Court on 13 May 2016.
  • Retirement on 10 November 2024.

Justice Ashok Bhushan

Justice Ashok Bhushan has served as a permanent judge of the Allahabad High Court in 2001. He was elevated as judge of the Supreme Court in 2016.

  • Born on 5 July 1956.
  • After graduating from Bachelor of Arts in 1975, he completed law in 1979 from Allahabad University.
  • He started his career in advocacy by enrolling with the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh on 6 April 1979 and practiced in the civil and original side at Allahabad High Court till the height of the bench.
  • Practicing as a lawyer in the Allahabad High Court, he worked as a permanent advocate for various institutions such as the University of Allahabad.
  • On April 24, 2001, he served as the Chairman of the Higher Judicial Services Committee as a permanent judge of the Allahabad High Court. Also headed several other committees.
  • He was appointed as a judge of the High Court of Kerala on 10 July 2014. He took over as Acting Chief Justice on 1 August 2014 and as Chief Justice on 26 March 2015.
  • On 13 May 2016, he was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court.

Justice SA Nazeer

Justice SA Nazeer served as an additional judge of the Karnataka High Court in 2003 and as a Permanent Judge in 2004. He was elevated as Supreme Court judge in 2017.

  • Born on 5 January 1958.
  • After completing his B.Com degree at Mahaveer College, Mudebidri, he obtained a law degree from SDM Law College, Kodiyalabail, Mangaluru.
  • He enrolled as a lawyer in 1983 and practiced in the Karnataka High Court in Bangalore.
  • In May 2003, he was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Karnataka High Court. He was later appointed as the permanent judge here.
  • He was elevated to the Supreme Court in February 2017 while serving as a judge of the Karnataka High Court.

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