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.
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.
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.
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.