NEWS AYODHYA SC REJECT
NEW DELHI: In one single stroke, the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected all the review petitions filed against the Ayodhya (Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi) verdict delivered by a Constitution bench headed by then CJI Ranjan Gogoi.
A five-judge bench headed by present CJI, SA Bobde, consisting of DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan, S Abdul Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna considered the set of review petitions and found no merit in them. In all, there were 18 review petitions. The bench considered only nine petitions filed by those who were originally parties to the case, nine of them, and rejected the rest.
It was on November 9 that a five-member bench headed by Gogoi delivered the Ayodhya verdict. It assigned the 2.77 acres of the disputed land on which Babri Masjid stood – until its demolition in 1992 by a Hindu mob chanting Jai Shri Ram slogans – to the government to build a Ram temple. It too note of the archaeologists’ report that the Babri Masjid was built in the 16th Century after demolishing a structure, which Hindus insisted was the birthplace of Lord Ram. The bench had also asked the government to assign five acres of land to Muslims to build a mosque by way of compensation.
After the November 9 verdict was delivered, both Hindu and Muslim organisations which were a party to the Ayodhya case said they were not satisfied about the court order but will not resort to any protest action other than filing review petitions. Now, however, the only scope is for them to file a curative petition.
The Modi government has won praise for the way it worked from behind to speed up the long-pending delivery of the verdict, more or less ending a decades-long dispute. IHN-NN
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