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SC stays HC verdict to split Ayodhya land
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Published on 10 May. 2011 12:56 AM IST
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The Supreme Court on Monday stayed Allahabad High Court’s verdict on Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute. The two-judge bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice RS Lodha was critical of the High Court verdict observing that it was “strange” as nobody had asked for partition of the land.
In a crucial verdict, the Supreme Court has stayed the Allahabad HC verdict in the Ayodhya title suit calling it strange. The apex court made the observation on the division of land into three parts even when none of the parties had asked for it.
Eight months after the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court ruled that the disputed Babri Ram janambhoomi land should be divided into three equal parts, the Supreme Court stayed the judgment. Admitting the appeals filed by the petitioners - Sunni Wakf board, Nirmohi Akhara, Ram Lalla and two others – the court expressed surprise and said, “The High court has carved out a new relief which was never asked for how can a decree for partition be granted? Court has done something strange. This is something that needs to be corrected.”
“This is strange and surprising. Nobody has prayed for partition of the disputed land. The partition of disputed land has opened a litany of litigation,” said the court on the September 30, 2010 verdict of the High Court.
The court questioned how could a decree be given for partition and directed all the concerned parties to maintain status quo at the disputed site. The court also directed that no religious activity should be performed on 67 acre area adjacent to the disputed site.
“A new dimension was given by the High Court as the decree of partition was not sought by the parties. It was not prayed by anyone. It has to be stayed. It’s a strange order. How can a decree of partition be passed when none of the parties had prayed for it? Court has done something on its own. It’s strange. Such kind of decrees cannot be allowed to be in operation,” the bench said while staying the High Court verdict.
The case will be heard from the beginning and all the parties to the dispute will submit their claims before the court.
In September last year, the Lucknow high court had resolved the 60-year-old contentious dispute by ordering a trifurcation of the disputed land.
High Court’s Verdict
The two judge majority verdict said that the disputed area is to be split into three equal parts.
Ram Chabutra and Sita Rasoi were given to Nirmohi Akhara
The central dome to be part of the area given to Hindus
Bhandar to form part of the share of the Nirmohi Akhara
Muslims were to not get less than 1/3 of the total area of the premises
While the minority view of the third judge in the case was that the entire disputed area belongs to Hindus and all parties to the dispute are permanently restrained from interfering with construction of temple at Ram janambhoomi at Ayodhya.
The Lucknow ruling was seen by many experts as a flawed legal compromise to the seemingly controversial issue and an effort to turn the page on its bloody history. But with the apex court’s stay order it seems that the legal battle over the title suit of disputed area in Ayodhya is set to begin all over again.
Expressing dissatisfaction over the High Court’s verdict of dividing the 2.77 acre disputed site into three parts among Muslims, Hindus and Nirmohi Akhara, different religious groups had approached the apex court.
The appeals were filed by Nirmohi Akhara, Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, Jamait Ulama-I-Hind and Sunni Central Wakf Board. A petition has also been filed on behalf of Bhagwan Ram Virajman (seated Baby Ram).

 
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