New Delhi, Mar 14: The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected all intervention pleas in the Babri Masjid-Ram temple land dispute case. There were as many as 32 interim pleas which was filed in the case including pleas by Shyam Benegal, Aparna Sen and Teesta Setalvad.

The special bench accepted a plea saying that only original parties related to the case will be heard, thus rejecting unrelated pleas. A plea by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy was also rejected by the court. The court, however, ordered the revival of Swamy’s disposed plea that had sought enforcement of his fundamental right to worship at Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

The Special Bench of the apex court has seized of a total of 14 appeals filed against the high court judgment delivered in four civil suits. In the last hearing on February 9, the bench had turned down the appellant’s request for a daily hearing in the case on the ground that over 700 poor litigants were awaiting justice in other cases and the court couldn’t possibly devote all its time to a land dispute, which, it said, was how it would treat this case.

A three-judge Bench of the Allahabad High Court, in a 2:1 majority ruling, had in 2010 ordered that the land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

The Dispute

The history of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya, a town in Uttar Pradesh, has been at the centre of dispute between Hinuds and Muslims for decades. Hindus claim that the mosque stands on the birthplace of their god-king Rama, and was built after the destruction of a Hindu temple by a Muslim invader in the 16th century. The dispute flared up in 1992 after a mob destroyed the mosque and nearly 2,000 were killed in riots across the country.

(With agency inputs)