In a significant development, Justice UU Lalit, who was part of the five-judge bench to hear Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute case, recused himself from the hearing on Thursday. Justice Lalit recused himself as senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan pointed that the former had appeared in the matter for former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh in 1994. The Supreme Court on Thursday deferred the Ayodhya title dispute to January 29, saying that the five judge bench to hear the case will be reconstituted as Justice U.U. Lalit has recused himself.
The bench, also comprising Justices S A Bobde, N V Ramana and D Y Chandrachud, noted the submissions made by Dhavan even as Harish Salve, who appeared on behalf of the Hindu parties, argued there was no need for the judge to recuse himself.