The Supreme Court has delivered its verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi–Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya, marking another chapter in a centuries-old religious dispute that is the country’s most politically divisive row.
The case, which has spanned centuries of religious history and withered in the legal system for almost seven decades, has finally seen a closure, as a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi pronounced its verdict. In a unanimous judgment, The CJI Ranjan Gogoi led bench of Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, said the Akhara’s suit was barred by limitation.
Here are few key takeaways from the Ayodhya Verdict:
The apex court said a Trust should be formed within three months for the construction of the temple at the site many Hindus believe Lord Ram was born.
The bench said possession of the disputed 2.77-acre land rights will be handed over to the deity Ram Lalla, who is one of the three litigants in the case.
The court has also ordered that suitable alternative land measuring five acres, will be allotted for setting up mosque. The land will be given to the Sunni Waqf Board.
The possession, however, will remain with a central government receiver.
K K Muhammed, former regional director (North), Archaeological Survey of India reacted to the Ayodhya verdict saying, “On the basis of archaeological and historical pieces of evidence that were supplied by ASI, the court came to conclusion that there was a huge magnificent temple earlier and we should build a new temple once more.”
Following the Ayodhya verdict, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) issues advisory to all channels and cable TV operators to strictly adhere to the Programme Code during the discussion, debates, and reporting.
PM Narendra Modi in his address to the nation said, “SC has also given the message that the solution to the most difficult of issues lies in the Constitution and the ambit of law, even if it takes time. For this, the judges, courts and judicial system are to be commended. After the verdict, the way every section of society, of every religion, has welcomed it is proof of India’s ancient culture and tradition of social harmony. The way each section of society welcomed the SC verdict on Ayodhya reflects India’s ancient traditions. November 9th was the day the Berlin Wall fell and two rival ideologies had united. Today, we saw the opening of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor.“
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