The Supreme Court on Sunday deferred the hearing in the politically-sensitive Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute due to the unavailability of Justice S A Bobde, reported news agency ANI.

“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.

During the last hearing on January 10, the apex court had said since Justice Lalit has opted out of the hearing in the matter, there was no option left but to adjourn the case “to fix a date of hearing and to draw up a time schedule for hearing of the case”.

Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgement, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.