Ayodhya Case: Nirmohi Akhara Opposes Centre’s Move To Reclaim Surplus Land
New Delhi: The Nirmohi Akhara, which is one of the original litigants in the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, moved the Supreme Court on Monday against the Centre’s demand to release the surplus land acquired near the disputed land in Ayodhya to the original owners.
The Nirmohi Akhara said the acquisition of land by the Centre has already destroyed many temples managed by the organisation and hence it wants the court to decide the title dispute, news agency ANI reported.
In January this year, the Centre moved Supreme Court asking it to lift the status-quo on the excess land around the disputed site and hand over the surplus to the original owners, which includes the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas (a trust to promote construction of Ram Temple).
In its writ petition, the Centre said it had acquired 67 acres of land around the 2.77 acres disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site. In 2003, the apex court had ordered that the status quo be maintained with regard to the acquired 67 acres of land around the disputed site.
Noteworthy, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad had also welcomed the BJP-led Union Government’s demand to release the excess land. In a press statement, the VHP said that the land where the disputed structure existed, measures only 0.313 acres out of the total 67.703 acquired by the government in 1993, post the demolition of the Babri Masjid structure.