High Court dismisses plea for namaz at Ayodhya site, fines petitioner Rs 5 lakh

WION Web Team Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India Dec 20, 2018, 07.22 PM(IST)

A file photo of Babri Mosque. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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Citing that the petition was filed for "cheap publicity", the court imposed a fine for Rs 5 lakh on the petitioner.

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday rejected a petition which sought for permission to offer 'namaz' at the Ayodhya site.

Citing that the petition as filed for "cheap publicity", the court imposed a fine for Rs 5 lakh on the petitioner.

Justices DK Arora and Alok Mathur of the Lucknow bench of the high court passed the order on the petition of Al-Rahman Trust, which had requested the court to give permission to offer namaz at the site.

The court directed District Magistrate Faizabad to realise the fine amount if it is not deposited by the Trust.

The hearing in the Ayodhya title case has been adjourned to January.

On September 27, the Supreme Court had rejected the petition of referring the land title case to a larger bench.

The petitions were filed challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict that divided the site in Ayodhya into three parts for Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Central Wakf Board of UP. The petitions were also filed for reconsidering the court's 1994 verdict in which it observed that a "mosque is not an essential part of the practice of the religion of Islam and namaz by Muslims can be offered anywhere, even in open".

(With inputs from agencies)