The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday said it can’t force parties concerned to settle Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute. The court, however, said if the Hindu and Muslim bodies want to settle the dispute out of the court, they may.

The top court also barred BJP MP Subramanian Swamy from arguing in the said case.

The court resumed hearing the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute case on Wednesday to determine ownership of the 2.77 acre disputed land in Ayodhya.

In the last hearing in February, the apex court had said that it will treat the case as a pure land dispute and refused the appellants’ plea for day to day hearing.

The SC bench consisting of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer had also asked all parties in the case to file translated copies of the documents before it.

The court was hearing a batch of cross petitions challenging 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict that had divided the disputed Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi site between the Nirmohi Akhara, Lord Ram deity and the Sunni Waqf Board.

The top court was moved challenging the High Court verdict by petitioners M. Siddiqui represented by his legal heirs, the Nirmohi Akhara, the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board, Bhagwan Shri Ram Virajman, All India Hindu Mahasabha’s Swami Chakrapani, the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, the Akhil Bharatiya Sri Ramjanam Bhoomi Punardhar Samiti and others.