The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed all the intervention applications filed in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case, ANI reported. A special bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer accepted the contention that only original parties to the dispute would be allowed to advance arguments and the intervention applications of unrelated persons should be rejected.
The intervention plea of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, at whose instance the cases were fast-tracked by the apex court, was also rejected.
Dismissing the intervention application filed by third parties not connected with the title dispute, and also a compromise statement signed by almost 10,523 residents of Ayodhya and Faizabad, the three-judge bench said it cannot compel the parties involved in the Title Suit to reach a settlement since the dispute is purely and largely a legal issue and such a compromise could have its effects outside Court. The order came while it rejected 32 intervening applications.
The Supreme Court is hearing a total of 13 appeals filed against the 2010 judgment of the Allahabad high court that mandated a three-way division of the disputed 2.77-acre site. "We must immediately make it clear that our addressing the said issue shall singularly relate to whether this bench should think the dictum in Dr M Ismail Faruqui...requires reconsideration". We can't appoint or suggest anyone for settlement.
A three-judge Lucknow bench of the Allahabad HC had given a unanimous decision that Lord Ram was born under the central dome of the makeshift temple and Hindus have a right to worship there.
The court said that Swamy's petition will now be listed separately as a writ petition alone, and not be converted into an interlocutory application.
"The fundamental right to worship Lord Rama at his birthplace was superior to the property rights being adjudicated in the Ayodhya land dispute case", Swamy said in the court.
To which, the SC agreed and ordered a revival of his writ petition and posted the same for hearing before an "appropriate bench".
Meanwhile, while the Supreme Court is hearing the matter in the court, the spiritual guru who has a mass following across the world, has been for long trying his efforts to mediate the talks between both the parties and has been pitching for an out of the court settlement.
The bench had also added that it would deal with the instant matter as a "pure land dispute".
A three-judge Bench of the Allahabad High Court, in a 2:1 majority ruling, had ordered the partition of the land equally among three parties - the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the deity, Ram Lalla.
The Ram Janmabhomi-Babri Masjid issue in Ayodhya has been going on for years which also posses a violent history.