THE Nirmohi Akhara, one of the parties that got one-third of the disputed land in the Ayodhya temple title dispute, moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday opposing the Centre’s plea to release most of the 67.7 acres of acquired land, saying it cannot be given to anyone by the Government. Urging the apex court to decide on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute, the Akhara alleged a number of temples on the acquired land, managed by it, have been damaged. Seeking restoration of six temples -- Sumitra Bhawan, Sita Koop, Sita Koop Mandir, Dwarka Das Mandir, Temple Saligram Bhagwan and Lomas Temple -- that were run by the Mahants belonging to it, the Akhara has stated they were demolished by then Kalyan Singh Government after it acquired 2.77 acres in 1991.
The Akhara said though notifications by which 2.77 acres, which also included 0.313 acres of the disputed site on which these seven temples were located, were quashed but despite the court’s order the razed temples were never restored. Telling the court that the Ram Janmbhoomi Nyas, to which the Centre intends to return 42 acres, the Akhara said this land was leased to Nyas for setting up Ram Katha Park and it could not be used for building temple. We would “require the said land for construction of temple and facilities necessary thereto, if the applicant (Nirmohi Akhara) is successful in the appeal” on the title suit pending before the top court, it said.