NEW DELHI, Feb. 13 -- One of the three Supreme Court judges hearing the plea against former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah's detention recused himself from the case on Wednesday.

Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar announced his decision to step back from the case as soon as the bench took up the petition filed by Omar Abdullah's sister Sara Abdullah Pilot. "I will not be part of this (matter)", justice Shantanagoudar said.

The judge did not give any reason for his decision to recuse himself from the case. The other judges on the bench were justices NV Ramana and Sanjiv Khanna.

Justice Shantanagoudar's decision led the top court to defer the hearing on the petition. A new bench will be constituted which will take up the case on ...