The Supreme court today dismissed 32 intervention applications/petitions on the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri dispute case. Shyam Benegal, Aparna Sen and Teesta Setalvad and many others had put forth the applications, and all of them were rejected by the court. Meanwhile, it did approve a petition that stated only the original parties concerned with the dispute are going to be heard, and any petitions from people who are unrelated with it are going to be rejected. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea was also rejected by the court. His petition to ask for the fundamental right to worship at the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya was, however, revived by the court.
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and two other judges – Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer heard 13 petitions regarding the case. Before, Dipak Misra had asked the two disputing parties to submit an english translation copy of the documents that they had filed before the court.
The case is going to be judged based on a “land dispute”, and nothing more. The court has set March 14, 2018, as the day on which it will hear the appeals, but it has disagreed with the assumption that they were ever going to the cases on the basis of days. In 2010, an Allahabad HC bench that was headed by three judges had given the ruling that the land could be shared equally between the two parties, the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.