The disputed matter won't be taken up due to the non-availability of Justice S A Bobde. A five-judge bench, including CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Ashok Bhushan, Abdul Nazeer, D Y Chandrachud and Bobde, were to hear the matter on January 29.
On Thursday, addressing the concluding session of the meeting, Joshi said an ordinary person like him was of the view that the country had moved forward rapidly with the construction of the Somnath temple in 1951.
The other four judges are Justice SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana, Justice UU Lalit and Justice DY Chandrachud. The Constitution bench will hear a clutch of 14 appeals challenging a 2010 Allahabad High Court order.
In an interview to news agency ANI telecast Tuesday, the Prime Minister suggested that the judicial process was being slowed down by Congress lawyers who were creating “obstructions” in the Supreme Court.
The Centre on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court asking that it be allowed to had over the non-disputed land acquired around the disputed site to its original owners. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath welcomed the Centre's move.