A new Constitution bench of the Supreme Court will hear the Ayodhya title dispute case on another day as one of the judges, U U Lalit, recused himself from the case. Justice UU Lalit recused himself from the case when senior lawyer Rajeev Dhawan pointed out that he had appeared in a related case in 1997. Harish Salve who appeared on behalf of the Hindu parties argued there was no need for the judge to recuse himself. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi then announced that a reconstituted bench will on January 29 pass orders on the date and schedule of hearing.
The case has been pending before the apex court since 2010 after the Allahabad High Court in the same year passed a judgment dividing the disputed site among three parties -- one for deity (Ramlala Virajmaan), another for Nirmohi Akhara—a Hindu sect, and third to the original litigant in the case for the Muslims. The two sides in the dispute appealed to the top court seeking sole claim over the land.