NEW DELHI (Agencies) The Indian Supreme Court on Monday stayed the Allahabad High Courts verdict of dividing the disputed site in Ayodhya in three parts, terming the judgement as something strange. The two-justice bench stayed the September order of the Allahabad High Court that had carved the site in the northern temple town of Ayodhya into three sections - one for Hindus, one for Muslims and one for a local Hindu trust. Both justices questioned what had prompted the lower court to split up the site when none of the numerous claimants had requested such a partition. The High Court has carved out a new relief which was never asked for. This is something that has to be corrected, said Justice RM Lodha, while Justice Aftab Alam described the ruling as quite strange. The comments came on the first day of a Supreme Court hearing of suits from multiple petitioners challenging the Allahabad court order. In staying the September ruling, the court said the status quo should be maintained at the Ayodhya site, thus preventing any groups from building on their allotted portions. The Allahabad ruling was seen at the time by many experts as a flawed legal compromise to the seemingly intractable Ayodhya dispute and an effort to turn the page on its bloody history. In 1992, a 16th-century Babri Mosque on the site was razed by Hindu zealots, sparking riots that killed more than 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, in some of the worst sectarian violence since the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. Hindus say the mosque was built by the Moghul emperor Babur on the site of a temple marking the birthplace of the Hindu warrior god Ram. The drive to build a Ram temple on the ruins of the razed mosque remains an important political plank of the main opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which came to national prominence over the Ayodhya issue. India has avoided any major outbreak of Hindu-Muslim violence since riots in Gujarat in 2002, and there are concerns that a protracted legal fight over Ayodhya could refuel sectarian tensions.