SC rejects plea for puja in Ayodhya temples

  1. The Supreme Court has rejected a plea seeking permission to carry out religious activities in nine ancient temples situated on the undisputed acquired land adjacent to Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site. Earlier, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had dismissed the plea and had also imposed a cost of Rs 5 lakh on the petitioner.
  2. The undisputed land, in addition to the core disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid plot was acquired by the government in 1993 under the Ayodhya Acquisition Act.
  3. Recently, the centre had moved to the SC to seek permission to return all excess acquired to Ram Janambhoomi Nyas (RJN). It has sought a modification in 2003 SC judgement by which the Central government was directed to maintain the “status quo” with regard to entire land including the non-disputed acquired plots.
  4. In March 2019, the Supreme Court had ordered mediation to attempt a solution to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. The court formed a mediation panel headed by retired Supreme Court judge F M Ibrahim Kalifulla.