Supreme Court to hear review petitions on its Ayodhya verdict

The Supreme Court Of India will hear petitions seeking a review of its landmark verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute case on Thursday. 18 petitions were filed in the Apex Court that would be heard  by a five-member bench, that would be headed by the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde.

The petitions would be decided in-chamber and not in the open court.

The petitioners include the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and the Nirmohi Akhara. As many as 40 civil rights activists have also filed review petitions, even though they were not parties to the original case.

On November 9 a five-member bench, headed by then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, delivered a unanimous verdict that gave all 2.77 acres of disputed Ayodhya land to Ram Lalla (the infant Lord Ram).

The top court also directed the central government to provide the Sunni Waqf Board five acres of land, in a “suitable, prominent place in Ayodhya”, to build a mosque.

In a 1,045-page order, the court admitted Muslims had been wrongly deprived of the mosque. Nevertheless, the court said: “…on a balance of probabilities, the evidence in respect of the possessory claim of the Hindus to the composite whole of the disputed property stands on a better footing than the evidence adduced by the Muslims.”

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