New Delhi:The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed as many as 32 intervention applications in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute, including those brought by filmmakers Aparna Sen, Shyam Benegal, BJP politician Subramanian Swamy, and rights activist Teesta Setalvad.
The top court accepted a plea that only original parties to the Babri Masjid-Ram temple title dispute be heard while interventions of unrelated people be rejected.
The Shia Central Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh told the Supreme Court in August that it is amenable to building a mosque in a Muslim-dominated area, at a reasonable distance from the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site.More news: Oklahoma Says It Will Use Nitrogen Gas in Executions
With its order of dismissal of the intervention applications, the SC trimmed the dispute to strictly between those who were parties to the suits before Allahabad High Court.
He said that "a mosque remains a mosque" and the land where the structure was there belongs to the "Allah" even after the demolition.
The bench, however, considered Swamy's submission that he had not sought to intervene in the matter but filed a separate writ petition seeking enforcement of his fundamental right to worship at the birth place of Lord Ram in Ayodhya.More news: Zayn Malik, Gigi Hadid part ways
"I had filed a writ petition saying that I have a fundamental right to worship and this is a superior right than a property right", said Swamy. The apex court stayed this decision in 2011. The SC bench had directed UP's Yogi Adityanath government to get the 90,000- page oral evidence which is in eight languages - including Persian, Arabic, Urdu and Sanskrit - translated in 10 weeks and fixed December 5 to hear cross-appeals in the matter. Before, Dipak Misra had asked the two disputing parties to submit an english translation copy of the documents that they had filed before the court.
The court had in December past year chose to hear the civil appeals against the 2010 Allahabad high court verdict in the matter in February. Three judges in the bench ruled that the 2.77 acres of Ayodhya land be divided into 3 parts, with 1/3 going to the Ram Lalla or Infant Lord Rama for the construction of the Ram temple, 1/3 going to the Islamic Sunni Waqf Board and the remaining 1/3 going to a Hindu religious denomination Nirmohi Akhara.More news: Should You Hold Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO)