NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday put a stay on the Allahabad high court order partitioning the disputed land in Ayodhya.
The SC said it was strange on Allahabad high court's part to order partitioning of the disputed land at Ayodhya as no party had prayed for it. The partition of disputed land has "opened a litany of litigation", it said.
"How could the high court engineer something like partitioning of disputed land on its own", the SC asked.
The court said puja can be performed on the disputed land, but banned religious activity on the surrounding 67 acres of land acquired by central government in 1993.
It said the status quo as on January 1993 will be maintained.
"We are not disturbing anything which was going on", said a bench of Justices Aftab Alam and R M Lodha.
The court also issued notice to all parties on Allahabad high court judgment dividing the disputed land at Ayodhya between Hindus, Muslims and Misnoig.
This was the first hearing in the apex court after the Allahabad high court's verdict in the title suit delivered in September last year.