After the historic verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute matter was delivered on Saturday, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is left with four other important judgements that have to be delivered within a week before he demits office on November 17.
The bench will pronounce verdict in another politically sensitive case in which a review has been sought of the December 14, 2018 judgement by which the Modi government was given a clean chit in the procurement of Rafale jet fighter.
His bench will also pronounce its verdict on a plea seeking criminal contempt proceedings against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for wrongly attributing to the top court his “chowkidar chor hai” remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in connection with the Rafale case.
Besides, a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice Gogoi will pronounce judgement on the pleas seeking review of the top court’s verdict allowing women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.
On April 4, a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice Gogoi had also reserved its verdict on three appeals filed in 2010 by the Secretary-General of the Supreme Court and its Central Public Information officer against the Delhi High Court order that the CJI’s office falls under the ambit of the Right to Information Act.
In the Rafale case, the top court would decide the pleas, including the one filed by former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie and activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan, seeking review of its December 14 last year judgement which gave a clean chit to the Centre’s Rafale deal to procure 36 fighter jets from French firm Dassault.
Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also planned a dinner with the four judges on the Ayodhya bench, Chief Justice-designate SA Bobde, Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice SA Nazeer, at Taj Mansingh in the capital on Saturday.
According to news agency IANS, the Chief Justice wanted to be out along with the four judges giving them a break from the hectic schedule in the run-up to the judgement pronounced on Saturday.
The historic verdict runs into 1,045 pages. The five-judge bench has also directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre land to Muslims at a prominent place in Ayodhya to build a mosque.