Ayodhya verdict LIVE updates:
- Alternative piece of land should be given to Muslims
- SC: Muslim side unable to prove possessory title
- SC says HC ruling to give Sunni Wakf Board, Nirmohi Akhara share of land ‘defies logic’
- The Supreme Court has said the presence of a pre-existing structure beneath the mosque alone is not enough for title today. It also says the Babri Masjid was never abandoned by Muslims; prior to 1855, even Hindus had access to the inner courtyard.
- The Supreme Court says the Muslim side has been unable to prove its right to the disputed property.
- Babri Masjid not constructed on vacant land, structure underlying the disputed site not Islamic, holds Supreme Court
- Faith of Hindus is undisputed: Supreme Court
- Ram Janmabhoomi not a juristic person, holds Supreme Court
- Ayodhya judgment will be unanimous: Supreme Court
- SC accepts HC view that idols were placed inside Babri Masjid central dome in 1949
- Ayodhya verdict by Supreme Court: Belief that Ram was born in Ayodhya ‘indisputable’
The Supreme Court of India is set to deliver its historic ruling in the politically sensitive case of Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute today.
The case, which has spanned centuries of religious history and languished in the legal system for almost seven decades, is finally expected to see a closure, as a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi pronounces its verdict.
The Bench of Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, apart from CJI Gogoi, had on October 16 reserved ist judgment after a marathon hearing of 40 days.
The 2.77 acre land at the centre of the dispute is considered by Hindus to be the birthplace of the Hindu god, Ram. In the 16th century, the Babri Masjid is believed to have been built at the contested spot by one of the generals of the Mughal king Babar and it stood there until it was destroyed in 1992.
It goes all the way back to the 19th century. In 1885, a member of the Nirmohi Akhara filed a suit seeking a temple be allowed to be built in the outer courtyard of the Babri Masjid, as they believed that the spot was the real birthplace of Ram. That suit, however, was turned down, over the fact that the construction of a temple may cause communal disharmony.
A title dispute filed in 2002 culminated in an Allahabad court, in September 2010, dividing the 2.77 acres of land into three parts – one-third to Ram Lalla; one-third to the Sunni Waqf Board; and the remaining one-third to the Nirmohi Akhara.
All the three parties approached the Supreme Court and in 2011, the Supreme Court stayed the 2010 Allahabad HC judgment. Fourteen appeals were filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment.