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SC stays Allahabad HC order on Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid title case

May 9, 2011 - New Delhi

The Supreme court on Monday stayed a Allahabad High Court verdict on Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute.

Justices Aftab Alam and R M Lodha issued the saty order after hearing several petitions filed by Mahant Suresh Das, the Sunni Central Board of Wakfs, Nirmohi Akhara, the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, Jamait Ulama-I-Hind and others.

All major parties to the dispute expressed dissatisfaction with the Allahabad High Court's September 2010 verdict which directed that the 2.77 acre disputed site be divided into three parts among the Hindus, the Muslims and the Nirmohi Akhara.

The Supreme court said: "This is very strange and surprising. Nobody has prayed for partition of the area. The Allahabad High Court has given a new relief which was not sought by anybody. "

The Supreme court has also directed that no religious activity be performed on the 67-acre area adjacent to the disputed site.

The Muslim groups had sought a quashing of the verdict as the judgment was delivered more on the basis of faith and not on evidence. The High Court had held that the structure stood at the birth place of Ram Lalla.

The disputing parties further said the claims are mutually exclusive, and therefore, the land cannot be divided for sharing.

No party claimed a decree for partition of the property, it was pointed out in the appeals. It was on September 30 that a three-judge Bench of the High Court passed three separate judgments with the majority verdict holding that the area covered by the central dome of the three-domed structure, where the idol of Lord Rama is situated, belonged to the Hindus.

While Justice Khan and Justice Agarwal were of the view that the entire disputed land should be divided into three parts, one part each to Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and the parties representing 'Ram Lalla Virajman', Justice Sharma ruled that the entire disputed area should go to the Hindus.

The nearly sixty-year-old dispute is over whether the 2.7 acres of land on which the Babri Masjid stood before it was demolished on December 6, 1992, belongs to the Sunni Central Waqf Board or to the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha.


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