Supreme Court Rejects Interim Pleas To Intervene As Parties In Ayodhay Dispute

Supreme Court Rejects Interim Pleas To Intervene As Parties In Ayodhay Dispute

The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer was hearing the pleas challenging Allahabad High Court's verdict of February 8.

The Supreme Court today dismissed the intervention application of 32 eminent persons in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case and fixed the next date of hearing for March 23.

The Shia Central Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh told the Supreme Court in August that it is amenable to building a mosque in a Muslim-dominated area, at a reasonable distance from the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site.

A plea of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy, seeking to intervene in the case, was also rejected by the top court.

The apex court had also directed its registry to provide copies of video cassettes, which were part of HC records, to parties on actual cost.

"I had filed a writ petition saying that I have a fundamental right to worship and this is a superior right than property right", Swamy said. The pleas primarily demanded a secular use of the disputed land.

In this regard, Rajeev Dhawan, counsel for one of the appellants said, "The court will have to decide what is the meaning of a mosque".

The bench, however, considered Swamy's submission that he had not sought to intervene in the matter but filed a separate writ petition seeking enforcement of his fundamental right to worship at the birth place of Lord Ram in Ayodhya.

On December 6, 1992, thousands of karsevaks had razed the Babri mosque in Ayodhya and over 2,000 people were reported to have been killed in the riots which followed the demolition.

He then referred to cetrain paras of the 1994 judgement and assailed the view of the apex court.

However, the top court had deferred the matter to Wednesday as some documents and translations had not been filed. The bench said that it would hear the appeals on March 14, 2018, and clarified that it never meant to hear the case on a "day-to-day basis".

A case was filed in the Allahabad High Court, whose verdicts was pronounced on 30 September 2010.

The disputed plot has been divided among the Sunni Waqf Board, a Hindu organisation called the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla or Infant Rama, which is represented by the Hindu Mahasabha for the construction of the Ram temple.

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