Ayodhya case: Supreme Court to examine verdict on prayers in mosque

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The hearing will resume on March 23, at 2 pm. The court also barred BJP leader Subramanian Swamy from intervening in the case.

Media reports said on Wednesday that there were over 30 intervention applications filed in the case, including those by filmmakers Aparna Sen and Shyam Benegal and activist Teesta Setalvad.

The Supreme Court heard a batch of petitions against the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ayodhya dispute.

But the court said his petition raising the "right to worship" issue will be listed before another bench of the court.

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. If lawyers of both sides stand up and tell us they've settled the issue, we'll record it. We can't ask anyone to settle and we can't say no to settlement.

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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. These paras also state that the right to practice, profess and propagate religion guaranteed under Article 25 of the Constitution does not necessarily include the right to acquire or own or possess property. The pleas primarily demanded a secular use of the disputed land. But the bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was categorical that it saw the case only as an appeal against a decision of Allahabad HC in a property dispute and "therefore as per law no third party can be allowed to intervene".

The Bench made quite clear that the case before it is limited to hearing 13 appeals filed against the judgment of the Allahabad High Court, ruling a three-way split of the disputed 2.77 acres in Ayodhya among the Sunni Waqf Board, a Hindu organisation called the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla or Infant Rama, which is represented by the Hindu Mahasabha for the construction of the Ram temple.

In November past year, the Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board had submitted before the Supreme Court a proposal for the settlement of the decades-old dispute, saying a temple can be built in Ayodhya and the mosque could be raised in Lucknow. "How can we do this in a case like this", the court said.

Referring to a trial court order, he said due to some political intervention, which is known to all, the idols were placed, the locks of Babri mosque was opened and the structure was finally demolished in 1992.

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