The five minds behind the verdict in the Ayodhya case

The Supreme Court of India has delivered a unanimous verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute case. It is a historic judgement which is well balanced. The Five judge bench that pronounced this verdict had the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice SA Bobde (Chief Justice designate), Justice Dhananjaya Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Abdul Nazeer.

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Here is a brief profile of the Judges who were part of the bench that delivered the verdict.

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi-

CJI Ranjan Gogoi (file image)

The first Chief Justice of India appointed from the North-Eastern part of India in October 2018, he began his career at the Gauhati High Court. He was appointed as a judge of the same court on February 28th, 2001. He went on to become the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Appointed as a judge in the Supreme Court in 2012, he will be retiring on November 18th as the Chief Justice who has left an impact on important judgements such as the National Registry of Citizens (Assam) and the Rafael case amongst others.

Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde-

Justice SA Bobde

He is currently the Chief Justice of India (designate). He practiced law for over two decades before being elevated as an Additional Judge of the Bombay High Court in 2000. He was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court in 2012. He was finally elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court of India on April 2013. He is all set to be sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on November 18th by the President of India. Being in the Supreme Court of India, he has delivered the important judgement related to the validity of Aadhar amongst others.

Justice Dhananjaya Chandrachud-

Justice DY Chandrachud

A graduate of the Harvard Law School, he is known for his progressive judgements on many issues such as the Right to Privacy (KS Puttuswamy vs Union of India). He is also a visiting professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Mumbai and University of Oklahoma Law School in the United States of America. He is also the son of Justice YV Chandrachud, former Chief Justice of India.

Justice Ashok Bhushan-

Justice Ashok Bhushan

He was elevated to the Allahabad High Court in April 2011. He has also served as the Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court in March till May 2016. He was then elevated to the Supreme Court.

Justice Abdul Nazeer-

Justice Abdul Nazeer

He was appointed as a judge of the Karnataka High Court in 2003 and then elevated to the Supreme Court of India on February 17th, 2017. He has been the dissenting judge of the ‘Triple Talaq case’. He opined that while ‘triple talaq’ has no place in Islam, the courts should refrain from interfering in the personal laws of the people.

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