NEW DELHI, Feb. 21 -- Hearings by a fivejudge Constitution Bench in the title suit of the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute is likely to begin on February 26, according to a notice by the Supreme Court's additional registrar posted on its official website on Wednesday. The notice said the matter would be heard by a bench led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, and comprising justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer.

On January 27, the SC cancelled a scheduled January 29 hearing because justice Bobde was not available on the day. The five-judge bench was reconstituted after justice UU Lalit, on January 10, recused himself from hearing the matter after it was pointed out to him that he has in the past app...