Validity of the ‘Ayodhya Act of 1993’, referred to Ayodhya Bench by Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court of India on Friday, in a hearing of the plea challenging the validity of the ‘Ayodhya Act go 1993’ referred it to the Ayodhya Bench. A bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, “List it before that Bench”.

The Act allowed the Central government to take control of 67.703 acres of land , which also includes the ‘Ramjanambhoomi-Babri’ masjid premises and its adjacent areas.

Referring to the Ismail Faruqui verdict the senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan said,“We cannot have a review now, 27 years later,”.He represents the Muslim side in the Ayodhya Title Suit Appeal.

Chief Justice Gogoi replied, “We are sending it to that Bench. Let it come there.”

Previously Justice Gogoi said “An appropriate bench will hear the case on January 10.”

In a previous date the hearing didn’t last 30 seconds, says PTI.In a previous date the hearing didn’t last 30 seconds, says PTI.

“No sooner the matter came up, the CJI said it is the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case and went ahead with passing the order. Senior advocates Harish Salve and Rajeev DhaVan, appearing for different parties, did not even get the opportunity to make any submission,” reported new wire agency PTI.

The Central government, recently, moved to the court seeking permission to distribute the excess land adjacent to the disputed area to its rightful owners.

The petitioners claimed that the 1993 Act infringed on the right to religion of Hindus guaranteed and protected under Article 25 (freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion) of the Constitution.

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