The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the Ayodhya case on February 26, as Justice SA Bobde who is a part of five-judge Constitution bench, returned from leave. It was earlier scheduled to be heard on January 29, was adjourned because Justice SA Bobde was unavailable at that time.
On January this year, the Supreme Court had reconstituted a bench that was supposed to hear the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had said the new bench would comprise Justices Ashok Bhushan, Abdul Nazeer, SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud and he himself. The earlier five-judge Constitution bench had included Gogoi, Bobde, Chandrachud, NV Ramana and UU Lalit.
Earlier, on January 10, Justice Lalit had recused from hearing the matter, after one of the parties had informed the court that he had appeared in a contempt petition in relation to Babri Masjid dispute when he was a lawyer.
The constitution bench will hear the appeals against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya is partitioned equally among three parties—the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.