“You will never let this country stay in peace,” said the Supreme Court on Friday, dismissing a plea seeking permission to carry out religious activities in nine ancient temples located on the undisputed land acquired adjacent to the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. “”There’s always something going to happen,” a bench made up of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said.
The Bench got to hear an appeal against the January 10 order of the Allahabad High Court’s Lucknow Bench, which dismissed the plea seeking its nod to offer prayer in the nine temples there and also imposed on the petitioner a cost of Rs 5 lakh. While hearing the appeal, the apex court advised petitioner Pandit Amar Nath Misra to “stop poking” with the issue. Misra, who is a social activist, had claimed before the high court that the authorities had turned a blind eye to initiating religious activities in ancient temples that have been located on the acquired but unchallenged land in Ayodhya for the past 25 years.
The apex court recently appointed a panel of mediators headed by former top court judge Justice FMI Kalifulla for exploring the possibility of an amicable settlement to the vexatious land dispute.
Spiritual guru and founder of Art of Living foundation Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, a renowned mediator, are the other two members of the panel of mediators.
Fourteen appeals against the 2010 Allahabad High Court ruling in four civil suits were lodged in the apex court to divide the 2,77-acre land in Ayodhya equally among the three party — the Board of Sunni Waqf, Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
The Babri Masjid, built at the disputed site by Shia Muslim Mir Baqi in the 16th century, was demolished PTI on December 6, 1992.