Ayodhya verdict: Now, Nirmohi Akhara files review plea
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The Nirmohi Akhara has filed a review petition against the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Ayodhya title suit, bringing the total number of such petitions to 12.
The Nirmohi Akhara was one of the main litigants in the Ayodhya case, but its claim to the disputed plot of land, the former site of the Babri Masjid, was dismissed.
The site of the mosque is considered by many Hindus to be Ram Janmabhoomi: the birthplace of the deity Ram. Kar sevaks destroyed the Babri Masjid in 1992, sparking deadly nationwide riots.
Last month the Supreme Court awarded the disputed site to the deity, Ram Lalla, and said the Sunni Waqf Board should get a different, 5-acre plot of land within Ayodhya.
Although the Nirmohi Akhara’s claim was rejected, the Supreme Court had instructed the Centre to give it adequate representation in a trust that will deal with temple construction and other issues.
The Nirmohi Akhara has sought a clarification in this regard; its role and representation in the trust haven’t been defined a month after the verdict.
It has also asked that a number of temples it owned outside the disputed plot — but within surrounding land acquired by the central and state governments — be returned.
As many as nine of the review pleas filed so far are from Muslim groups.