Petition challenges validity of Ayodhya Act

A petition was filed in the Supreme Court challenging the validity of the Ayodhya Act of 1993 under which the Centre acquired 67.703 acres of land, including the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid (RJBM) premises and adjacent areas. The petition filed by several persons, including two Lucknow-based advocates who claim to be devotees of Ram Lalla, has challenged the legislative competence of the Parliament to acquire religious land. The petition was filed despite the fact that a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, in its 1994 judgment in the Ismail Faruqui case, had already upheld the validity of the Ayodhya Act except sub-section (3) of Section 4 which mandates the abatement of “all pending suits and legal proceedings without providing for an alternative dispute resolution mechanism for resolution of the dispute between the parties”. The petitioners claimed the 1993 Act infringed on the right to religion.

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