Supreme Court of India
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Ayodhya Case: SC moved challenging constitutional validity of govt’s acquisition of land

ANI | Updated: Feb 04, 2019 17:15 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb 4 (ANI): A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Monday challenging the constitutional validity of the 'Acquisition of Certain Area At Ayodhya Act, 1993.'
This comes days after the Centre approached the Apex Court urging it to return the excess or superfluous land around the disputed Ram Janambhoomi Babri Masjid site to original owners.
The petition seeks direction to restrain the Central government and the Uttar Pradesh government from interfering in Puja, Darshan and performance of rituals at the places of worship situated within the land admeasuring 67.703 acres acquired by the Act.
The plea is particularly focused on the land belonging to Shri Ram Janam Bhoomi Nyas, Manas Bhavan, Sankat Mochan Mandir, Ram Janmasthan Temple, Janki Mahal and Katha Mandap.
The plea mentioned that Parliament has no legislative competence to take over or acquire the property belonging to the state.
It added that the state legislature has exclusive power to make provision related to the management of religious institutions of the state.
The top court on Monday had cancelled the hearing in the Ayodhya title suit, which was slated for January 29 by a five-judge bench due to the unavailability of one of the judges, Justice SA Bobde.
In 2010, the Allahabad High Court had divided the disputed land in Ayodhya into three parts for each of the parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. (ANI)