Ayodhya dispute: Can't force parties concerned to settle dispute, says SC

Ayodhya dispute: Can't force parties concerned to settle dispute, says SC

The Supreme court today dismissed 32 intervention applications/petitions on the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri dispute case.

In a new twist to the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said it will first decide if the matter should be referred to a larger constitution bench.

"Lord Ram", the surprise appellant in the dispute, has already asked why three-way division of the land was ordered when the entire 2.77 acres should have been given to him where his devotees could have built a grand temple. While hearing the issue, Supreme Court told Subramanian Swamy that he is not a party to the core issue of Ayodhya matter.

With its order of dismissal of the intervention applications, the SC trimmed the dispute to strictly between those who were parties to the suits before Allahabad High Court. The court, however, ordered revival of Swamy's disposed of petition, wherein he had sought his fundamental right to worship at Ram temple.

"I had filed a writ petition saying that I have a fundamental right to worship and this is a superior right than the property right", Swamy had said before the three-judge bench on Wednesday.

"That judgment said a mosque is not an essential part of the practice of the religion of Islam and namaz by Muslims can be offered anywhere, even in open".

On 6 December 1992, thousands of karsevaks who gathered in Ayodhya from across the country, demolished the Babri Masjid at the presence of security forces. The apex court stayed this decision in 2011. The court in its previous hearing delayed the verdict as some of the documents and translations were yet to be filed before it.

The next hearing date has been fixed on March 23.

The petitions before the judges relate to the 2010 verdict of the Allahabad High Court in the title suit that had been pending for almost six decades.

The top court was moved challenging the High Court verdict by petitioners M. Siddiqui represented by his legal heirs, the Nirmohi Akhara, the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board, Bhagwan Shri Ram Virajman, All India Hindu Mahasabha's Swami Chakrapani, the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, the Akhil Bharatiya Sri Ramjanam Bhoomi Punardhar Samiti and others.

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