Court rebukes petitioner wanting to pray in Ayodhya

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13 Apr 2019

Won't let India remain in peace: SC slams Ayodhya petitioner

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a petition which sought permission to offer 'puja' at the undisputed land in Ayodhya and came down heavily on the petitioner.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi reprimanded the petitioner, saying he would not allow "India to remain in peace".

"Someone always has to poke," fumed the bench.

Here's what happened.

Case

Backstory: The petitioner went to Allahabad High Court earlier

Backstory: The petitioner went to Allahabad High Court earlier

The petitioner, Amarnath Misra, who is the former General Secretary of Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir Nirman Vyas, had earlier approached the Allahabad High Court with his demand.

He wanted permission to pray at nine temples of the undisputed property. He told the lower court that for the last 25 years, authorities turned a "blind eye" to religious activities in these ancient temples.

Verdict

SC asked Misra to stop poking the issue

Subsequently, on January 10, the Lucknow bench gave its verdict. Not only did the court dismiss Misra's plea, but it also imposed a fine of Rs. 5 lakh on him.

Misra then knocked on SC's doors, only to get a similar response.

The bench directed him to not "poke" the issue and refused to withdraw the fine imposed on him.

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Looking back

Allahabad HC passed a similar order in 2018

Allahabad HC passed a similar order in 2018

This is not the first time a plea like this has been rejected. In December last year, the Al-Rahman Trust went to Allahabad High Court seeking permission to offer namaz at the disputed site.

The plea was termed as "cheap publicity" by Lucknow bench of Justices DK Arora and Alok Mathur.

Refusing to entertain it, the bench levied fine of Rs. 5 lakh.

Dispute

A little about the sensitive Ayodhya case

The sensitive case involves 2.77 acres land where Babri Masjid stood before 1992. Hindu activists who demolished the 16th-century mosque believe it was built on a temple where Lord Rama took human form.

In 2010, Allahabad High Court divided the land equally among three parties: Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhada, and Sunni Waqf Board.

Unhappy with the verdict, litigants approached the apex court.

Mediation

After years of delay, Ayodhya case was referred to mediation

After years of delay, Ayodhya case was referred to mediation

In March this year, an SC bench referred Ayodhya case to mediation. Justice SA Bobde, who was part of the CJI-led bench, said healing should be given a chance and noted the past couldn't be undone.

The bench formed a panel headed by former SC judge FM Kalifullah. The panel also includes Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu.

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What is the Ayodhya case all about?

Asked 2019-04-13 11:02:55 by Navya Dutta

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The Ayodhya case pertains to 2.77 acres of land in the Uttar Pradesh town. Hindus believe the 16th-century Babri Masjid was constructed on ruins of a temple where Lord Rama took human form.

Why did court refer the case to mediation?

Asked 2019-04-13 11:02:55 by Dhruv Nair

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The Supreme Court referred the case to mediation saying it might heal wounds. When the Hindu side opposed to mediation, the court said arriving at a conclusion is unfair and chance should be given.

Who all are part of the mediation panel?

Asked 2019-04-13 11:02:55 by Trisha Tata

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The mediation panel is headed by former SC judge FM Kalifullah and includes Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu.

When did Allahabad HC give verdict on Ayodhya dispute?

Asked 2019-04-13 11:02:55 by Parakram Patel

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Allahabad HC gave its verdict in 2010. The court divided the land equally among the parties- Nirmohi Akhara, Ram Lalla, and Sunni Waqf board.

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