Babari Masjid Case
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed all 18 review petitions filed against its November 9 judgment to allot the disputed land in Ayodhya to the Hindu parties and clearing the path for the construction of a Ram temple.
The petitions were heard in the chamber by a bench of Chief Justice S.A. Bobde, Justices D.Y. Chandrachud,
Ashok Bhushan, S.A. Nazeer and Sanjeev Khanna. Justice Khanna is the only judge who was not part of the five-judge constitution bench that had delivered the verdict. He replaces then-CJI Ranjan Gogoi, who has retired.
According to LiveLaw, the bench held that the review petitions lacked merit. It also said that those who are not party to the suit cannot file review petitions. The five-judge bench’s unanimous verdict on November 9 decreed the entire 2.77 acre disputed land in favour of the deity ‘Ram Lalla’ and also directed the Centre to allot a five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board ‘at a prominent location’ to build a mosque in Ayodhya. Nine review petitions were filed by parties who were part of the earlier litigation and nine others by “third parties”. On December 2, the first plea seeking review of Ayodhya verdict was filed in the apex court by Maulana Syed Ashhad Rashidi, legal heir of the original litigant M. Siddiq and also the Uttar Pradesh president of the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind.
On December 6, six petitions were filed in the apex court seeking review of its November 9 judgement.