Disputed land at Ayodhya must be given to Ramjanma Bhumi Trust: Supreme Court
Disputed land of #RamJanmbhoomi goes to Ramjanma Bhumi Trust
New Delhi: Supreme Court of India on Saturday, 9 November, ordered that the disputed land at Ayodhya must be given to Ramjanma Bhumi Trust and Sunni Wakf Board must be given 5 acres of alternate land at Ayodhya.
Supreme Court has also ordered that Central Govt should formulate a scheme for setting up of the Ramjanma Bhumi Trust and hand over the disputed site to it for construction of temple.
After the mediation proceedings to find an amicable resolution to the Ayodhya issue had failed, the Supreme Court had on August 6 started day-to-day proceedings in the case and had reserved the judgment after marathon hearing of 40 days.
Supreme Court Judgement
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The Supreme Court has ordered that alternative land be allotted to Muslims for a mosque in its decree passed in response to suit no. 5 filed by Ramlall -the Deity. The Court has said that a suitable plot of land measuring 5 acres be handed over to Sunni Waqf Board either by Central government or the State government. Sunni Wakf Board will be free to construct a mosque at the allotted land.
Chief Justice of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi has said that alternate land to be allotted to Muslims for construction of a mosque. Today’s verdict, backed with the assertion that the title suit has to be decided based on evidence and not faith, has established that the land that was disputed till now will not be partitioned.
The Supreme Court has said: “There is adequate material in Archeological Survey of India (ASI) report to conclude the following: Babri Masjid not constructed on vacant land. There was a structure underlying the disputed structure. The underlying structure was not an Islamic structure.”
The apex court has also said that the demolition of the mosque at Ayodhya in December 1992 was a violation of law.
Zafaryab Jilani, Sunni Waqf Board Lawyer reacted to the judgement by stating: “We respect the judgement but we are not satisfied, we will decide further course of action.”
The Nirmohi Akhara suit linked to this case was dismissed by the Apex Court as time barred.
A post on Facebook by India History describes the Supreme Court verdict as a great victory for the Archaeological Survey of India. The Supreme Court of India agrees that the report by the Archaeological Survey of India is correct. It rejects the inputs provided by JNU historians as being incorrect, unreliable
Acclaimed historian Rajiv Lochan has said in a tweet that Archeological Survey of India (ASI) gets a pat on its back by the Supreme Court. The intervention by JNU historians is rejected. Majid Hayat Siddiqui, then professor at CHS/JNU, as early as 1990, had written that the JNU historians’ meddling in such disputes was uncalled for.”