New Delhi, Jan. 10 -- A five-member Constitution bench, comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S.A. Bobde, N.V. Ramana, U.U. Lalit and D.Y. Chandrachud, on Thursday will start hearing the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case.

On 4 January, the court had said that further orders in the case will be passed by an appropriate bench on 10 January. Subsequently, the bench was constituted by CJI Gogoi on Tuesday.

The issue could become central to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, further polarizing voter preferences.

The case has been on the back burner for a while despite attempts by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy, an intervener in the case, to get an early hearing.

The apex court will hear 13 appe...