CJI-led bench to go out for dinner at Taj Mansingh as Ayodhya Verdict over

CJI-led bench to go out for dinner at Taj Mansingh as Ayodhya Verdict over

Daily hearings for 40 days. Lots of anticipation. A judgment that runs to more than 1,000 pages.

For Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and the four other judges on the Ayodhya bench, it's time for a break. A five-star break.

IANS reports that Chief Justice Gogoi has planned a dinner at Delhi's Taj Mansingh hotel on Saturday with colleagues SA Bobde (also his successor), Ashok Bhushan, DY Chandrachud and SA Nazeer.

"It is learnt that 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," the news agency says.

The bench's unanimous verdict, whose operative part took around 30 minutes to read out in court, settled a contentious issue that goes back decades.

It cleared the way for the construction of a Ram temple on a disputed plot of land in Ayodhya -- the former site of the Babri Masjid -- and also said the Sunni Waqf Board should get an alternate plot within Ayodhya for a mosque.

Possession of the disputed land, measuring 2.77 acres, has been given to the Ram Lalla, one of the litigants.

But it will remain with a statutory receiver until the Centre sets up a board of trustees to deal with temple construction and other issues.