Lord Ram Janmabhumi Encroachment

The Supreme Court on Wednesday accepted the contention that only original parties who are involved in the Ram-janmabhumi land encroachment dispute be allowed to advance their arguments in the sensitive Ram-janmabhumi land encroachment case. It rejected all interim pleas of unrelated people seeking intervention as parties in the matter. A special bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S A Najeeb accepted the plea that only original parties to the dispute be allowed to advance arguments in the case and the intervention applications of unrelated persons seeking intervention as parties be rejected.

The top court was moved challenging the Allahabad 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.

A three-judge bench of the Allahabad High Court, in a 2:1 majority ruling, had ordered that the land be partitioned equally among three parties – the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the deity, Ram Lalla.

A plea of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Dr. Subramanian Swamy, seeking to intervene in the case, was also rejected by the supreme court. The court, however, ordered the revival of Swamy’s disposed plea that had sought enforcement of his fundamental right to worship at Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

“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.

During the last hearing in February, the apex court had said it will deal with the case as a pure land dispute and refused to hear it on day-to-day basis.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer declined appellants’ plea for day to day hearing, saying “over 700 poor litigants are waiting for justice, we have to hear them”.

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