Centre seeks SC’s nod to transfer excess Ayodhya land to Ram temple trust

In a bid to remove discontent among Hindu activists over abnormaly delay and also government’s refusal to bring an ordinance paving way for construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya, Narendra Modi government today moved the Supreme Court seeking its permission to return original owners of 67 acres acquired land around disputed Ramjanmabhoomi babri Masjid site in Ayodhya.

In a fresh plea, the Centre said it had acquired 67 acres of land around the 2.77 acre disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site. The plea has said that the Ram Janambhoomi Nyas (a trust to promote construction of Ram Temple) had sought return of excess land acquired in 1991 to original owners.

Earlier, the apex court had ordered that the status quo be maintained with regard to the acquired 67 acre of land around the disputed site. The central government in 1991 had acquired 67 acres land around the disputed site.

Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgement, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

The Supreme Court had on Sunday cancelled the hearing scheduled for Tuesday in the title dispute case due to non-availability of Justice S A Bobde, one of the five judges of the Constitution bench.

Now, Centre wants to release a portion of this acquired land in favour of the Nyas and is seeking the apex court’s permission. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath has welcomed the centre’s move to petition the Supreme Court to hand over the land to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas. Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas is a trust formed by members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to oversee the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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