New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed all the in-chamber review petitions filed against the Ayodhya verdict after finding ‘no merit’ in them, stated a report. “Applications for listing of review petitions in open Court are dismissed. We have carefully gone through the review petitions and the connected papers filed therewith. We do not find any ground, whatsoever, to entertain the same. The review petitions are, accordingly, dismissed,” ruled the five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, according to news agency IANS.

It must be noted that the apex court had only considered the review petitions filed by those who were parties to the four lawsuits filed initially in the Ayodhya dispute. A total of 18 review petitions had been filed, a bulk of which came from Muslim parties who were discontent with the Ayodhya verdict. Of the total review petitions, nine were filed by parties who were part of the earlier litigation and nine others were filed by ‘third parties’. The hearing in the case was fixed at 1:40 PM on Thursday. A five-member Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices Ashok Bhushan, S A Nazeer, D Y Chandrachud and Sanjiv Khanna refused to entertain nine review pleas filed by those who were not parties to the original litigation.

The review petitions had sought for a re-examination of the apex court’s November 9 verdict in the Ram-Janmabhoomi title suit which granted the disputed Ayodhya site to Hindus for building a Ram temple and allotted an equivalent five-acre land to Muslims for construction of a mosque.

A review plea against SC’s Ayodhya verdict was first filed in the apex court on December 2 by Maulana Syed Ashhad Rashidi. On December 6, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board had supported the filing of five petitions while the Peace Party of India filed one. On December 9, the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha had filed a review petition. Yet another review petition was filed by 40 people, including academicians and activists over the issue of Ayodhya judgment. “The faith of one of the communities was consequently regarded higher than the other, thereby violating the secular principle embedded in the Constitution”, noted the petitioners, as quoted by news agency IANS. On Wednesday, a review petition was filed by the Nirmohi Akhara seeking clarification on its role and representation in the trust which was directed to be created as per the SC verdict. The Akhara has also sought for the restoration of its other temples in its plea, added the report.