Ayodhya dispute: Apex court nixes pleas to intercede


New Delhi, Mar 14 (UNI) The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected interlocutory applications filed by 32 eminent persons, including Shyam Benegal, Aparna Sen, Anil Dharkar and Teesta Setalvad, who had sought to argue the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, also comprised Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer. It dismissed all the IAs filed in the case.

The apex court would now hear the arguments from only those parties to the case in the Allahabad High Court.

In 2010, the High Court had divided the 2.77 acre disputed land equally between three parties–deity Ram Lalla, Sunni Wakf Board and Nirmohi Akhara.

The appeals against the Allahabad High Court order had been pending for the past eight years.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy submitted that he had not interceded on his own and that he was asked to intervene by the apex court itself when he had filed a writ petition seeking protection of his fundamental right to worship Lord Rama at ‘His birthplace’ in Ayodhya.