Again, the Supreme Court deferred the hearing in the politically-sensitive Ayodhya dispute. This time due to the unavailability of Justice S A Bobde. This is the third time the Apex court has differed hearing on this issue during this month on one or other reason.
“Ayodhya case won’t be taken up for hearing by the 5-judge constitution bench of Supreme Court on January 29 due to the non-availability of Justice Bobde,” the apex court said in a statement.
The court, however, is yet to announce a date on which the matter will be taken up. A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court was scheduled to start the hearing in the Ayodhya case on January 29.
The bench was re-constituted as Justice U U Lalit, who was a member of the original bench had recused himself from hearing the matter. The new bench comprises Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer.
Justice N V Ramana, who was in the bench which last heard the matter on January 10, is also not a member in the new bench. Justice Bhushan is also a new member in the bench.