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Ayodhya Verdict - Disputed site goes to Hindus for Ram Mandir, Muslims to get alternate land


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New Delhi, Nov 9 (IANS): In a historic judgement in the sensitive Ayodhya land dispute case, the Supreme Court on Saturday directed the Centre to form within three months a trust which will build a temple at the disputed site.

The Sunni Waqf Board, which was a party to the 7-decade-old title suit, should be given an alternate five-acre land at some other suitable place for construction of a mosque, a 5-member bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said in a unanimous judgement.

The Centre shall make suitable provisions by handing over the land to the trust, said the bench, which also comprised Chief Justice-designate Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud.

The court said the title of the land can be decided only on legal advice.

The top court ruled that the Allahabad High Court verdict of 2010, giving land to the Sunni Waqf Board and Nirmohi Akhara, was wrong.

It rejected the claim of Nirmohi Akhara of being a 'shebait' (a devotee who serves the deity).

The Supreme Court, however, said that in the board of trustees, appropriate representation should be accorded to Nirmohi Akhara, even though its suit was dismissed.

The bench upheld the report of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which concluded that a temple existed at the disputed site.

There is clear evidence the Hindus believed Ram was born at the disputed site, it said.

There is evidence that 'Ram Chabutra' and 'Sita Rasoi' were worshipped by Hindus before the British came, the judgement said.

The court said travelogue and gazetteers cannot be the basis of adjudication of the title and that the nature of worship offered by Hindus over the years proves that they had always believed that Lord Ram was at the site.

Documents of 1856-57 show that Hindus were not obstructed from worshipping there, it said. Outer courtyard has been under exclusive possession of Hindus over the years, the court said.

The bench said Hindus consider the disputed site as the birthplace of Lord Ram and this belief is beyond judicial scrutiny.

Daijiworld Media Network - New Delhi

Here are live updates:

11.19 am - Historic verdict on Ayodhya land dispute case: Disputed land goes to Hindus while Muslim parties to get alternate land

11:12 am - SC gives Centre three months to set up trust. And the government will hand over the land to the trust. Sunni Waqf Board to get 5 acres of prominent land in Ayodhya.

11:09 am - There is no evidence that Muslims abandoned mosque. Hindus always believed birthplace of Lord Ram was in inner courtyard of mosque. It has been clearly established that Muslims offered prayer inside inner courtyard and Hindus offered prayers in outer courtyard: SC

11.07 am - The mosque was not abandoned by the Muslims. Though the Hindus continued to worship at Ram Chabutra but they claimed ownership on Garbh Garha also - SC

11. 05 am - There was continued assertion of rights by Hindus who put up railings at outer courtyard at Ram Chabutra and Sita Rasoi and continued to worship it: CJI

11.04 am - Evidence suggest Hindus were in possession of outer court yard, says SC

10.57 am - Title cannot be established on ground of faith, belief; they are kind of indicator for deciding dispute: SC

10.56 am - SC dismisses Shia Waqf Board's appeal, says land belongs to govt

10:55 am - ASI had not established whether temple was demolished to build the mosque, says SC

10.53 am - Hindus have faith and belief that Lord Ram was born under the dome. Faith is a matter of individual belief - SC

10.51 am - Supreme Court says that there is adequate material in ASI report to conclude that Babri Masjid was not constructed on vacant land. There was a structure underlying the disputed structure. The underlying structure was not an Islamic structure.

10.46 am - Supreme Court says the claim of Nirmohi Akhara is only of management. Nirmohi Akhara is not a 'Shabait'. Arguments were made on archaeology report. Archaeological Survey of India's credentials are beyond doubt and its findings can’t be neglected Ayodhya judgment.

10.43 am - This court must accept faith and accept belief of worshippers. Court should preserve balance: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi while reading out judgement

10:42 am - Babri mosque was built by Mir Baqi. It is inappropriate for the Court to get into area of theology: CJI

10:38 am - We have dismissed the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by Shia Waqf Board challenging the order of 1946 Faizabad Court: CJI Gogoi

10.33 am - The Ayodhya Judgment will be an unanimous judgment. Pronouncement of judgment to last for half an hour. Judges are signing the judgment.

10.30 amAll five Supreme Court judges who will deliver the verdict in Ayodhya land case have reached the Supreme Court

10.25 am - Home Minister Amit Shah calls a high level security meeting at his residence. National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Intelligence Bureau (IB) Chief, Arvind Kumar, and other senior officials to attend the meeting.

10.15 am - Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi leaves for Supreme Court from his residence

Earlier report

New Delhi, Nov 9: The Supreme Court is all set to deliver its final verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute on Saturday, November 9. The verdict is likely to be announced at 10.30 am.

Outgoing Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi is expected to deliver the momentous ruling before he retires on November 17.

It may be recalled, the dispute which picked up steam in the late 1980s led to the rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party, after it included building a grand temple for Ram as one of its election promises in the 1989 Lok Sabha elections. Then party president LK Advani soon embarked on a Somnath to Ayodhya Rath yatra, in 1990, and kar sewaks demolished the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992. The trial in the demolition case is still at trial stage in a district court.

No single issue has impacted the national and state politics in the last 35 years as the Ayodhya dispute, which, though a litigation over the title deed of a piece of land, revolves around the contention that a mosque was built after demolition of an ancient temple which stood exactly at the birth place of Ram. 


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  • James, Belman

    Mon, Nov 11 2019

    Since the Ayodhya and Kashmir issue is solved hope the next elections will be fought Nader's on real issues such is economic growth, health and education.

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    There is no true justice in Indian democracy even from Courts. A tainted democracy.

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  • Moshu, Mangaluru

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    Even Retired Supreme Court judge Asok Kumar Ganguly on Saturday raised questions about the Supreme Court’s verdict on the politically-sensitive Ayodhya title suit and said he was disturbed by the judgment. World community also felt something went wrong while delivering the judgement. Majoritarians also knew from the back of their mind that the verdict is unfair.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    We hope they will deliver this Promise ...

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  • Arif, Mangaluru

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    When the stomachs are empty, no jobs, and prices are high, people have much more priority in life than the mandir-masjid issue. Anyway, all is well. Let peace prevail.

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  • JK, Udupi/Dubai

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    NOW CONGRESS AND BJP MERGE TOGETHER

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  • Nawaz, Udupi/ Kuwait

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    The favorable outcome of this verdict is that this case has finally come to an end after all these prolonged (70) years of political drama/selfishness and loss of lives just or the sake of votes.
    Other satisfactory thing is that Muslims did not loose the Masjid as well. (Even though it will be relocated).
    But I firmly believe that the verdict is not satisfactory while considering the observations of the Court; and delivered with the sole intention to maintain peace in the society. I any title dispute case, It never happens that both the parties are awarded with something or the other. This shows how much pressure was there on the judges of the Supreme Court. There is also a regret that the people who erased the disputed Masjid at that time are not yet brought to justice. There is also a regret that decisions are made on land disputes on the basis of faith.

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  • AM, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    Now the time to complete Pumpwell bridge

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  • Rizwan, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    Muslims must appeal in international court of justice since they have not got justice in our top court.

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  • UMMAR, mangalore

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    respect to supreme court but what delivered it not fare everyone knows.

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  • Shamsuddin, Dubai

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    The waqf board should not take the 5 acre land...as that too may become a disputed site in future... I agree with Owaisi

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  • Ahmed, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    I feel if the Sunni waqf board gets that 5 acres land, they should build a charitable public hospital and serve the poor people of all communities in that locality.

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  • Nawaz, Udupi/ Kuwait

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    Who will give charity for Charitable Hospital?

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  • Bala K, Urwa

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    Well said Ahmed. In India there is more need of free hospitals than masjd or mandir..

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    The SC upheld the perceived belief and faith in its judgement . Neither the Hindus nor the Muslims had title to disputed site. The law should have been upheld.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya and there was a temple below the demolished structure.

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    No one has produced any real evidence to that.

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  • MM, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    Belief is good for the purposes of religion, but can it become a basis to resolve property disputes

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  • AMAR NATHAL, MANGALORE

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    We promised to abide by SC verdict, and we have moral obligation to respect the verdict. Gods do not come to decide our issues but we trust in the wisdom of human beings.
    Now the focus needs to be on building the Nation and leave the task of building temples, churches mosques and gudis to the respective followers of each faith.
    We can fool fool people by playing with religious sentiments for a while but not fool for for long.
    If an earthquake flattens our houses and places where we worship, we will worry more about our survival repairing our residence rather focus on building house to accommodate gods.
    We are children of one god and truth and service to humanity is worship.

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  • Bennaje, Mumbai

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    Yes, the verdict is good and all seem to respect the verdict. Wondering what would have happened if the verdict was exactly other way round?

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  • Mohammad Arif, Al Khobar/Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    Indeed impressive to see that a lot of Islamic organizations in India have come out with press releases requesting the Muslim community to maintain peace over the verdict of the Ayodhya case by Supreme Court and abide by laws of the land.

    On the other hand I wish that we Muslims were more concerned about praying the 5 times prayer inside our local mosques just like how we are concerned for a mosque that we might never visit.

    This whole scenario also makes me ponder over the beauty of Islam, that is we worship Allah who does not have a birth place or a birth date and rather He was always there and will always be there. It's the beauty of Islam that Allah can be worshipped from anywhere and we do not worship him via anything from his creations and instead worship him directly.

    #revertThoughts
    #letPeacePrevail

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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    Well Mr. Arif, a rose in any other name would not loose it's beauty. There is an old adage that says 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' .. so each one to his own and there is no need to justify why one is more beautiful than the other when conceptually the almighty or what ever name she/he/it has is no different. Exclusivity means nothing .. something to ponder ...
    I believe that we all should work toward better integrity and avoid conflicts as much as we can and build a successful nation.

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  • Ganesh Shetty, MANGALURU

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    We can worship God directly without Via media. Likewise, God could send his message directly to all souls without via media. Had the message been direct there would not have been an ounce of doubt.

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    The archeological survey of India did not say that the structure existed in the disputed site before 1857 was a Hindu structure. But the Sc used this as evidence in its judgement.

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  • Dr Mohan Prabhu, LL.D, QC, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    This is the single most important judgement coming out of the Supreme Court, and it should be congratulated for arriving at an unanimous verdict that satisfies both the warring litigants. It is one better than King Solomon's judgement - by not dividing the disputed land, it satisfied the Hindu claimants, and by requiring the government to provide alternative site to the Muslim parties to build their mosque it has satisfied their claim as well.It is the lasting legacy of the outgoing chief justice who has been able to unify the court on this most vexatious dispute. The Chief Justice deserves the country's highest recognition.

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  • abdul munim, mangaluru

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Uff...at last an end to an issue that was helping BJP since 1980. Hope no more problems in forming committee for the building of the Mandir etc.

    since 39 years all Indian public, barring those who politicised the issue, including residents of Ayodhya itself were sick of tug of war and so many dramas, yathras etc on the issue.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Nothing like an United India.
    Appreciate Cynthis thoughts.
    Jai Hind.

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  • SKM, MANGALORE

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Great Verdict, Peace is most important as well cordial relations.

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  • ARMAN, Dubai

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Great verdict by supreme court.

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  • Francis Lewis, Kallianpur

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Very nice Verdict. Its a victory of India loss on none. Long live unity in diversity. Long live mother India.

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  • Eric Coelho, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Good Verdict by SC. Time has come to move on.

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Hope, Honorable Supreme court's verdict pave way peace and harmony.
    Hope, from now onward, Govt, all politicians and people at large, focus more on nation building processes such as:-
    Peoples well beings measures, development of infrastructure, law and order, judicial reformation, business, education and employment generation for overall progress of the nation.

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  • Cynthia, Moodbidri

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Good judgement.

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    It is a good verdict and all must respect it. It looks like people of this country are not much bothered about this verdict as need of the hour for them is employment, stable economy.

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  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Good Verdict.

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  • R. Fernandes, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Happy about the verdict. Everything went smoothly in the end.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Today, is a historical moment, in our nation !!! Firstly, the grand opening of Kartarpur corridor, Sikhs pilgrims can now freely visit Gurdwara darbar sahib, in Narowal, Pakistan and the Supreme Court, historical verdict, by allocating Babri Masjid, to Hindus, to build a grand temple in the birth place of Lord Rama..... Hope and pray that communal amity, peace, tranquility, prevails in our nation....... May this day, bring blessings, goodwill, prosperity, to all Indians !!!!!!!!

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  • Manju, Kasaragodu

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    A welcome verdict. Its nobody's loss or victory. It is the nation's victory which has put an end to this very old dispute.

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  • Krish, Udupi

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Verdit is balanced and CJI should be awarded bharat ratna for historic verdict

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Let's honour and respect the verdict given by Supreme Court... Dear brethren God dwells in all over and every dust particle and so abides in every land.... Let's be thankful the matter has been resolved... Let's live in peace and harmony with each other... Everyone has same color of blood and after death all go to the mud.. And there the earth doesn't ask the community which he belonged... In her embrace all are one and only one caste and that is human...

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  • Shankar Shetty, Oman

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Profound words Cynthia

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Yes shetre.. Let's all move in hand in hand and try to develop our Bharat Mata... It's not just in the hands of government but in the hands of every citizen as well... Let's all unite and say in one voice "BHARAT MATA KI JAI".

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  • Lan...., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Sun, Nov 10 2019

    Cynthi,

    Well said...

    ...Tak...Takk...

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  • Roshan, Sampige / KSA

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Vote bank ajenda is finished

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  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Country should move on ..Its nobody's victory or defeat.
    Next we an focus on pumpwell flyover

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  • ayesha devi, mangaluru

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    I hope all parties concerned will accept this verdict whether they like it or not, the peace prevails.

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  • Raaja, MOODBIDRI

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    No comment............!

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  • H.A.Sayed, Udupi- Muscat

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Ayodhya verdict end the Mandir and Masjid national politics

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  • Alden Dsouza, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    A well balanced verdict. Country needs to move on.

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  • Syed Mohiudin, Iruvail/Riyadh

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Every one Respect the Supreme Court Verdict

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