Supreme Court dismisses Ayodhya review petitions


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed all eighteen review petitions filed against the top court’s verdict allowing Hindus to build the Ram temple and five acres of land to the Muslims to build a mosque at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.


A five-Judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde heard the 18 review petitions filed in relation to the Ayodhya dispute in Chamber and rejected them, saying there were no grounds to justify the review.

"We have carefully gone through the Review Petitions and the connected papers filed therewith. We do not find any ground, whatsoever, to entertain the same. The Review Petitions are, accordingly, dismissed," the order passed by the bench said.

Of the eighteen review petitions filed in the matter, nine are filed by those who were parties in the original matter. The other nine are filed by third parties.

These review petitions challenge different aspects of the judgment delivered on November 9, in which the court had ruled that the Muslims had failed to prove uninterrupted possession of the disputed site and on the basis of balance of probabilities, ruled in favour of the Hindu parties. The Court had also acknowledged that the act of razing down the Babri Masjid was illegal.

While some Muslim parties have challenged the finding of the Court that ruled in favour of awarding the site to the Hindus, some Hindu parties have assailed the direction for awarding an alternate site to the Muslims. In fact, one petition seeks a review of the judgment on the point where the Supreme Court has condemned the Babri Masjid demolition on the grounds that these observations may adversely impact the trial going on in the case, said a Bar & Bench report.

Former Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who was part of the bench which had pronounced the verdict, was replaced by Justice Sanjiv Khanna in Thursday’s in-chamber proceedings. The other members of the bench include justices DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer.

The order paves the way for implementation of the unanimous judgment. However, the petitioners are free to file a curative petition, which the only one last option. Senior lawyers say anecdotal evidence indicates that it is extremely rare for such a petition to succeed, said a Hindustan Times report.



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