Challenging the November 9 judgment of the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya-Babri land dispute case, a legal representative of the original Muslim plaintiff in the case on Monday filed a review petition in the Supreme Court.
The petition has been filed by Maulana Syed Asshad Rashidi (President, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind), legal representative of M Sidddique, one of the original Muslim plaintiffs in the title suit.
"The review petitioner is conscious of the sensitive nature of the issue and understands the need to put a quietus to the issue in dispute so as to maintain peace and harmony in our country, however, it is submitted that there can be no peace without justice", stated the review petition at the outset.
While saying that every findings in the judgment are not disputed, the 217 pages review contends that it contains following "apparent errors" :
However, the review petition clarifies that it does not challenge the other findings of the Court, such as :
The review petitioner rues that despite making the above findings, the Court ultimately granted relief to the Hindu parties in the case.
In the November 9 judgment, a 5 judges bench comprising the then CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer held that the Hindu parties had a better claim of possessory title over the land, and allowed the construction of a temple in the entire area of 2.77 acres, under the aegis of a trust created by the Central Government.
At the same time, the Court acknowledged that the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992 was an egergious act, and compensated the Muslim side by directing grant of 5 acres of alternate land for the UP Sunni Waqf Board for the construction of mosque. This was ordered by the Court to do "complete justice" invoking powers under Article 142 of the Constitution of India.
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