A bench headed by Justice Sikri listed the matter for Friday for hearing before a different bench.
As soon as the matter came up for hearing, Justice Sikri told senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for petitioner NGO Common Cause, that he would not like to hear the matter and was recusing himself.
Justice Sikri was part of the high powered panel which had removed CBI Director Alok Verma.
Earlier a controversy broke out few days back over Justice Sikri getting a government offer last year for a post-retirement assignment at the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal.
It was three days after his vote helped decide the removal of Verma as CBI director.
Subsequently apparently stung by the controversy, Justice Sikri withdrew his consent to the government offer.