NGO's plea on Babri Masjid title suit dismissed

Updated - November 28, 2021 09:35 pm IST

Published - September 03, 2011 12:58 am IST - NEW DELHI:

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the plea of an NGO to intervene in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit.

Dismissing the petition of Popular Front of India, a Bench of Justices Aftab Alam and R.M. Lodha, however, agreed to hear the plea of another petitioner, Mohammad Hasim, who was one of the parties before the Allahabad High Court.

The Bench tagged the petition with a bunch of other petitions filed by different parties against the September 30, 2010 verdict of the High Court which ordered a three-way division of the disputed site in Ayodhya. On May 9, the Supreme Court termed “strange” the High Court's verdict of three—way division of Ram Janmabhoomi—Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya and stayed its operation, saying none of the parties had demanded the partition of the land. “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,” it had said. It expressed surprise at the High Court having passed such an order when it was not prayed by anyone.

Ordering status quo on the site — prayers at the Ram Lalla's makeshift temple would go on as usual — the court had banned any religious activity on the adjacent 67 acres which the Centre had taken over.

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