New Delhi: Dismissing the intervention application of 32 eminent persons in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday fixed March 23 as the next date of hearing.
Apart from rejecting all third party intervention applications, the top court also barred BJP leader Subramanian Swamy from intervening in the case.
The applicants whose interventions were rejected by the court included Shyam Benegal, Aparna Sen, Anil Dharkar and Teesta Setalvad.
The court also said that it cannot facilitate an outside settlement of the dispute and said it was up to the parties involved in the matter.
"We can't ask anyone to settle and we can't say no to settlement. If lawyers of both sides stand up and tell us they've settled the issue, we'll record it. We can't appoint or suggest anyone for settlement. How can we do this in a case like this," the court said.
Swamy argued that he was asked by the Supreme Court itself to intervene in the case and he had not intervened on his own. He said he had filed a writ petition seeking protection of his fundamental right to worship Lord Rama at 'His birthplace' in Ayodhya after which the court had asked him to intervene in the matter.
"The fundamental right to worship Lord Rama at his birthplace was superior to the property rights being adjudicated in the Ayodhya land dispute case," Swamy said in the court.