Ayodhya Verdict: Hindus Gets Disputed Site, Muslims Got Land Elsewhere

The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the Hindu parties in the Ayodhya land title dispute case. The Muslims have been given 5 acres elsewhere to construct a mosque.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SC says the disputed site in Ayodhya belongs to the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas
  • The court said 5 acres must be given to Muslims to build a mosque
  • The court dismissed claims made by Shia Waqf Board and Nirmohi Akhara

The Supreme Court in its historic verdict in the Ayodhya Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case has ruled in favour of the Hindu side and ordered the government to allot a five-acre plot elsewhere for the Muslims where a new mosque can be built. The verdict delivered by the five-member Constitution bench was unanimous.

With this, the five-member Constitution bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has delivered its verdict in a case which has dragged on for more than a century.

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The Constitution bench also comprised Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer

Delivering the Ayodhya verdict, the Supreme Court said the mosque should be constructed at a “prominent site” in Ayodhya. It said trust should be formed within three months for the construction of the temple at the site that many Hindus believe Lord Ram was born.

Delivering the verdict, the Supreme Court said archaeological excavations suggest that there was an underlying structure under the Babri Masjid which was “not of Islamic origin”. The Supreme Court said there is sufficient evidence to suggest that the Babri Masjid was not constructed on “vacant land“. It said the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) could not suggest that there was a temple of the 12th century at the disputed site. It said the ASI has not specifically said that the underlying structure was a temple.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said the ASI report has left unanswered a critical part of its remit i.e. whether a Hindu temple was demolished to construct the Babri Masjid. The Supreme Court said there is no archaeological evidence of what existed between the 12th century and the 16the century when the Babri Masjid was built.

Reading the verdict, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said it is inappropriate for the court to go into the domain of theology. The Supreme Court has made it clear that the land title must be decided only on legal principles.

The Supreme Court has rejected the suits filed by the Shia Waqf Board and the Nirmohi Akhara. The court also said no submissions were made challenging the legal personality of Ram Janmabhoomi.

To avoid any chaos, the Supreme Court has restricted the entry of persons today in the court. The Public Relation Officer of the Supreme Court has said the one-day pass that is made for entry of litigants/junior lawyers is not being issued today. Only those litigants whose names are on the cause list will be issued entry passes.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is chairing a high-level security meeting in New Delhi, while DGP Uttar Pradesh OP Singh is holding a meeting with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to apprise him of the elaborate security arrangements.

Meanwhile, ahead of the Supreme Court’s much-awaited verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case on Saturday, security has been tightened across India. While forces are on alert across the country, elaborate security arrangements have been put in place in Uttar Pradesh and especially Ayodhya in wake of the verdict.

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