Closing the door on any further review, the Supreme Court on Thursday has rejected all review petitions on Ayodhya case.
A five-judge bench dismissed a batch of petitions seeking review of the November 9 Ayodhya land dispute verdict, which allowed the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site and ordered to give 5 acres of land in Ayodhya to construct a mosque.
The in-chamber proceeding was taken up by a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde and also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan, S A Nazeer and Sanjeev Khanna.
Justice Khanna was the only judge who was not a part of the five-judge Constitution bench that had delivered the historic verdict. He replaced the then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who has retired.
A five-judge bench, headed by the then CJI Gogoi, had in a unanimous verdict on November 9 decreed the entire 2.77 acre disputed land in favour of deity 'Ram Lalla' and also directed the Centre to allot a five-acre plot to Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque in Ayodhya.
The bench rejected all 18 review petitions in-chamber, out of which nine had been filed by parties who were part of the earlier litigation and the other nine were filed by "third parties".
On December 2, the first plea seeking review of Ayodhya verdict was filed in the apex court by Maulana Syed Ashhad Rashidi. On December 6, six petitions were filed in the apex court seeking review of its November 9 judgement. On December 9, two more review petitions were filed, one by the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha. Maulana Syed Ashhad Rashidi had sought review of the verdict on 14 counts. Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha has moved the court against the direction to allot a five-acre plot to Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque in Ayodhya. A plea filed by 40 persons, including historian Irfan Habib, economist and political commentator Prabhat Patnaik, activists Harsh Mander, Nandini Sundar and John Dayal, also requested for a review. Review petition filed by the Nirmodi Akhara, demanding a clarification on its role and representation in the trust to be set up by the government for the Ram temple construction, was not listed in front of the bench on Thursday as it was filed only on Tuesday.
With Thursday's developments, the verdict in the decades-old land dispute case has been virtually sealed. The only recourse that petitioners may still avail is that of Curative Review petition.