Status Quo to Ayodhya Dispute

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered status quo on the disputed site of the Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, dubbing it as “strange”. At Allahabad Court, while Justice Khan and Justice Agarwal were of the view that the entire disputed land should be divided into three parts, one part each to Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and the parties representing ‘Ram Lalla Virajman’, Justice Sharma ruled that the entire disputed area should go to the Hindus. But the Bench consisting of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice R M Lodha at Supreme Court expressed surprise over how the High Court could pass such an order when it was not prayed by anyone, especially the division of the site into three parts.

“There will be no change of situation at ground zero (the make-shift temple of Ram Lalla). The pooja will continue as per the January 7, 1993 order,” senior advocate Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is representing Ram Lalla Virajman, told reporters in apex court premises after the hearing on the Ayodhya dispute.

Although the appeals pertained to only 2.77 acre of disputed land, the apex court bench, however, ordered stay on the 67 acre of land adjacent to the disputed site.

After the demolition of the masjid on December 6, 1992, the demonstrators created a makeshift temple. On January 7, 1993, the Congress government enacted the Ayodhya Act 1993 which preserved the status quo of the destroyed mosque and limited prayer on the disputed site.

The decision of Supreme Court to the appeals filed by Nirmohi Akhara, Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, Jamait Ulama-I-Hind, Sunni Central Wakf Board and one filed on behalf of Bhagwan Ram Virajman was unanimously accepted with open arms. The Wakf Board and Jamait Ulama-I-Hind want the whole high court judgment to be set aside. According to them, the high court relied on faith rather than evidence.

The high court judgment created a sort of history as it ran into more than 5,000 pages, referred to 274 books and cited 800 judgments. The Ayodhya issue had raised communal passions for more than a decade and led to large-scale riots in several parts of the country, claiming hundreds of lives.

Garima Obrah

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