The Supreme Court on Monday put a stay on the Allahabad high court order partitioning the disputed land in Ayodhya into three parts
The SC said it was “something strange” on the Allahabad high court’s part to order partitioning of the disputed land at Ayodhya as no party had sought it. The partition of disputed land has “opened a litany of litigation”, it said.
A bench of justices Aftab Alam and R M Lodha, while terming the high court’s judgement “as something strange,” said the partition of the land was ordered despite none of the parties to the dispute seeking it.
“How could the high court engineer something like partitioning of disputed land on its own”, the SC asked.
While directing that there shall be no religious activity on the 67 acre land, acquired by the central government adjacent to the disputed structure, the apex court bench said the status quo shall be maintained with regard to the rest of the land.
In the wake of the court’s order, prayers at Ram Lala’s make-shift temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya would be going on as usual.
“We are not disturbing anything which was going on”, said a bench of Justices Aftab Alam and R M Lodha.
The Lucknow bench of the high court had in September last year passed the verdict directing partition of the 2.77 acre on which the disputed structure once stood into three parts among Muslims, Hindus and Nirmohi Akhara.
This was the first hearing in the apex court after the Allahabad high court’s verdict in the title suit delivered in September last year. TOI