New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday declined an early hearing of petitions in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. 

The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha had petitioned the apex court to take up the Ayodhya case earlier than January.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul said it had already listed the appeals before the appropriate bench in January.

"We have already passed the order. The appeals are coming up in January. Permission declined," the bench said while rejecting the request of early hearing of lawyer Barun Kumar Sinha, appearing for Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha.

On October 29, the apex court adjourned the hearing in a bunch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court's 2010 verdict on Babri Masjid disputed land till January.