Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Ayodhya verdict by the Supreme Court will “reaffirm people’s faith in judicial process”. While urging all to maintain peace and unity, PM Modi said that the verdict shouldn’t be seen as a win or loss.
“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!” PM Modi tweeted.
PM Modi praised 130 crore Indians for maintaining calm in the run-up to today’s verdict. “May this very spirit of unity and togetherness power the development trajectory of our nation. May every Indian be empowered,” he added.
Alternate land will be allotted for the construction of a mosque, the Supreme Court said today. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who read out the verdict in the much-awaited Ayodhya land title dispute case, said the destruction of the mosque in 1992 was against the rule of law.
The 70-year-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case ended with a unanimous judgement by the bench that had CJI-designate SA Bobde and justices DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer.
Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken to all chief ministers to review the security of states and has asked them to take necessary measures to maintain law and order. Many state governments have declared a holiday for schools and colleges. The states include Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan. Internet services have been temporarily suspended in Ajmer till 6 am tomorrow. Section 144 has been imposed in the district and all schools and colleges will remain closed today.
1.30pm: “A grand Ram temple will be built now. The decision to allot alternate land to Muslim side is welcome. I believe Hindu brothers should help in the construction of the Masjid as well,” said yoga guru Baba Ramdev.
1.05pm: Mohan Bhagwat, chief of the RSS, advised that “this should not be seen as a win or loss”. “This case was going on for decades and it has reached the right conclusion.”
12.55 pm: Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who was part of the Ayodhya mediation panel, welcomed the judgment.
12.20 pm: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board will file a review petition if their committee agrees. “It is our right and it is in Supreme Court’s rules as well,” emphasised Zafaryab Jilani.
12.15 pm: Randeep Surjewala of the Congress said that the judgment has not only opened the doors for the temple’s construction but also closed the doors for the BJP and others to politicise the issue.
12.12 pm: “This is Mahatma Gandhi’s country and it’s our responsibility to maintain peace and harmony,” said Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
12.10 pm: The Congress has also appealed to all the parties concerned to abide by the secular values and spirit of fraternity enshrined in our Constitution. “It is the responsibility of each one of us to reaffirm our tradition of mutual respect and unity among all that has defined our society through the ages,” the party’s official statement said.
12.07 pm: Nitish Kumar, Chief minister of Bihar, said that the verdict will be beneficial for social harmony. “There should be no further dispute on this issue,” he urged.
12.05 pm: Defence minister Rajnath Singh described it as a “landmark verdict” and appealed to people to maintain peace and calm. ” It’s a historic verdict, which will further strengthen India’s social fabric. I urge everyone to take the verdict with equanimity and magnanimity. I also appeal to the people to maintain peace and harmony,” the minister said.
11.57 am: Union minister Nitin Gadkari has urged all to accept the verdict.
11.40 am: The Sunni Waqf Board said they “respect the judgement, but not satisfied”. “Respect the verdict but the judgement is not satisfactory. There should be no demonstration of any kind anywhere on it. We will decide further course of action,” Zafaryab Jilani, the board’s lawyer said.
11.24 am: “It is a historic judgement. The Supreme Court has underscored the message of unity in diversity,” said Varun Kumar Sinha, lawyer of Hindu Mahasabha.
11.20 am: A group of lawyers who chanted Jai Sri Ram in the Supreme Court premises were asked to stop by other lawyers.
11.16 am: Supreme Court orders the centre to formulate a scheme within 3-4 months for setting up of a trust and handing over of the disputed site to the trust for the construction of a temple at the site and a suitable alternative plot of land measuring 5 acres in Ayodhya will be given to Sunni Wakf Board for a mosque.
11.07 am: Alternate land to be allotted to the Muslims for the construction of a mosque, the CJI said.
11.05 am: There is no evidence that Muslims abandoned the mosque. Hindus always believed birthplace of Lord Ram was in inner courtyard of the mosque. Clearly established that Muslims offered prayer inside inner courtyard and Hindus offered prayers in the outer courtyard.
11.04 am: Destruction of the mosque is against the rule of law, Supreme Court.
10.57 am: Possession claimed by Muslims can’t meet the threshold of adverse possession, the court said.
10.57 am: There is no evidence with the Hindus to prove that disputed property was a temple, said Supreme Court.
10.52 am: Hindus consider Ayodhya the birthplace of Lord Ram. Right below the dome is the birthplace or Ram Janambhoomi. Religious faith is undisputed.
10.51 am: The ASI has not proved that the structure underlined has been demolished due to construction of mosque, said the SC.
10.50 am: Hindus have faith and belief that Lord Ram was born under the dome. Faith is a matter of individual belief, said the Supreme Court.
10.42 am: The Nirmohi Akhara suit barred by Section 120, Limitation Act.
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10.39 am: Judges read out the judgement.
10.30 am: The five-judge bench led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi assembles.
10.29 am: Verdict to be delivered in Court Room 1 of the Supreme Court