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Ayodhya verdict: 134-year-old dispute will see rise of Ram Temple

The BBC reported correspondents “heard chants of ‘Jai Shree Ram’ (Hail Lord Ram) outside as the judgement was pronounced” in the Supreme Court despite authorities warning people not to celebrate the verdict.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 134-year-old dispute settled in just over 30 minutes
  • The Indian Supreme Court on Saturday held that the suit by Nirmohi Akhara over Ayodhya was time barred.
  • The findings of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) report cannot be brushed aside as conjecture.
  • ASI reports show that the Babri Masjid was not built on a vacant land. The underlying structure was not of Islamic origin.
  • The faith of Hindus that the place is birth place of Lord Ram is undisputed.
  • The Ram Janmabhoomi has no juristic personality. But Ram Lalla, the deity has juristic personality.
  • The Suit by Sunni Waqf Board is maintainable and not barred by limitation.
  • The Sunni Waqf Board has not been able to prove adverse possession. There is evidence to show that the Hindus had been visiting the premises prior to 1857.

A five-member bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and including Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer pronounced the historic verdict on the long-standing Ayodhya-Babri Masjid dispute.

Supreme Court judges called the ruling “unanimous.”

A mediation panel headed by a retired judge interacted with Hindu and Muslim parties in an attempt to seek an out of court settlement. However no settlement was ever reached after the Sunni Waqf Board, a key Muslim party, had decided to give up its claim on the disputed land.

Reaction

The Indian Supreme Court ruled over the 134-year-old Ayodhya dispute. In a ruling that read in about 30 minutes, the Indian Supreme Court ruled the following.

  • The court held that the suit by Nirmohi Akhara over Ayodhya was time barred.
  • The findings of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) report cannot be brushed aside as conjecture.
  • ASI reports show that the Babri Masjid was not built on a vacant land. The underlying structure was not of Islamic origin.
  • The faith of Hindus that the place is birth place of Lord Ram is undisputed.
  • The Ram Janmabhoomi has no juristic personality. But Ram Lalla, the deity has juristic personality.
  • The Suit by Sunni Waqf Board is maintainable and not barred by limitation.
  • The Sunni Waqf Board has not been able to prove adverse possession. There is evidence to show that the Hindus had been visiting the premises prior to 1857.

Soon after the ruling India’s Sunni Waqf Board, the original Muslim petitioner announced that they welcomed the Ayodhya decision — and will abide by Supreme Court verdict.

“I welcome the verdict and humbly accept the Supreme Court order and we will not appeal or seek a review of the order,” Zufar Farooqui, chairman of Sunni Waqf Board told Gulf News over the phone from Lucknow.

“If anyone is saying that they are filing a review of the court order, then such persons have no relations with the Sunni board,” he added.

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Security was tight in Ayodhya on Saturday. Schools and universities in Uttar Pradesh state where Ayodhya is located have been shut till November 11. Mobile internet has been curtailed in some areas.Image Credit: Pawan Kumar / Special to Gulf News

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated in a tweet: “The Honourable Supreme Court has given its verdict on the Ayodhya issue. This verdict shouldn’t be seen as a win or loss for anybody. Be it Ram Bhakti or Rahim Bhakti, it is imperative that we strengthen the spirit of Rashtra Bhakti. May peace and harmony prevail!”

Source inputs: Gulf News | ANI


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