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SC Final Verdict on Ayodhya Case Updates: UP Police says 'not a single incident' of unrest reported in temple town, all have accepted verdict
  • 22:13 (IST)

    Akhilesh uses poetry to hail SC verdict on Ayodhya

    Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav took to poetry while reacting to the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya dispute and termed the judgment "an important step in the right direction".

    "'Jo faisley faslon ko ghatatey hain, woh insaan ko behtar insaan banate hain' (The decisions which bridges the gap, makes a better human being," Yadav tweeted. Later in a release, he said the verdict would be remembered as "historic" and hoped that everybody would maintain peace and none would hurt feelings of any community or create any tension.

  • 22:11 (IST)

    TMC, BJD silent on Ayodhya verdict

    The Trinamool Congress ruling in West Bengal and the Biju Janata Dal in Odisha on Saturday maintained silence on the Ayodhya verdict even as major parties in the states came out with their reactions. However, the state BJP also kept mum on the issue, though the Congress came out with a reaction.

    Not a single leader of the ruling TMC, including party supremo Mamata Banerjee, put out a reaction on the judgement till 5 pm. On the other hand, on Friday, ahead of the judgment, BJD president and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik appealed to the people to maintain peace.

  • 21:38 (IST)

    Not a single incident reported in Ayodhya, says UP Police

    Ayodhya circle officer, Amar Singh on Saturday evening said that the situation is normal in Ayodhya.

    "Not even a single incident has been reported, whether it is Muslim brothers or Hindu brothers, all have accepted the verdict. We have not faced any challenges. We have been patrolling all the areas, the situation is normal," he was quoted as saying by ANI.

  • 20:59 (IST)

    MEA rejects 'unwarranted' comments from Pakistan on Ayodhya verdict

    The Ministry of External Affairs on Saturday evening said that it rejected the "unwarranted and gratuitous" comments made by Pakistan on the Supreme Court's judgment in the Ayodhya land dispute case. Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi earlier on Saturday objected to the timing of the Ayodhya verdict, which coincides with the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor, saying he was "deeply saddened" at the "insensitivity" shown at such a joyous occasion.

    The MEA was quoted by ANI as saying, "We reject the unwarranted and gratuitous comments made by Pakistan on the judgment of the Supreme Court on a civil matter that is completely internal to India. It pertains to the rule of law and equal respect for all faiths — concepts that aren't part of their ethos. So, while Pakistan's lack of comprehension isn't surprising, their pathological compulsion to comment on our internal affairs with the obvious intent of spreading hatred is condemnable."

  • 20:32 (IST)

    SC judges in Ayodhya verdict pose for photograph

    The five judges of the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court who passed a "landmark", "historic" judgment in the decades-old Ayodhya land dispute case — also known as the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case — stood for a photograph together after the court session.

    The bench comprised Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Ashok Bhushan, SA Bobde (CJI-designate), DY Chandrachud, and Abdul Nazeer.

  • 20:16 (IST)

    Tamil Nadu Opposition expresses 'respect' for SC verdict on Ayodhya

    Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu, including the main Opposition DMK, on Saturday batted for respect for the Supreme Court verdict on the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi issue while the state remained peaceful, without untoward incidents. While celebrities like Rajinikanth said he respected the verdict, AMMK leader TT V Dhinakaran called for calm and harmony.

    Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president KS Alagiri said his party "bowed and accepted," the verdict. The top court's ruling should be respected the way the
    national flag is honoured, the state unit Congress chief said.

    An Indian Union Muslim League release quoted its national general secretary and MP PK Kunhalikutty as saying that the party respected the verdict.

  • 20:09 (IST)

    Goa govt exempts Eid-e-Milad processions from prohibitory orders

    The Goa government on Saturday exempted processions to mark Eid-e-Milad from the prohibitory orders imposed in the state in preparation of the Ayodhya verdict. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant made the announcement to a delegation from the Muslim community which had a meeting with him.

    In a statement, the chief minister's office said, "In view of section 144 being imposed in the state, the members of Muslim community from across Goa met Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to request permission to hold peaceful processions in various parts of Goa as a part of Eid-E-Milad celebration."

    "The government has accepted their request and granted permission for the same," the CMO statement added.

    (PTI)

  • 19:42 (IST)

    Mumbai remains peaceful in aftermath of Ayodhya verdict

    Mumbai was calm and peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from any part of the metropolis following announcement of the Supreme Court's Ayodhya verdict, a senior police official was quoted as saying by PTI.

  • 19:26 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath welcomes SC verdict, says it is proof of unity in India

    Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath welcomed the Supreme Court's decision in the Ayodhya land dispute case on Saturday and said that it proved that there was unity in the country. "The decision means a lot to Uttar Pradesh and this decision has proved that we can make bigger decision maintaining peace and calm," he was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

  • 19:09 (IST)

    I stand vindicated: LK Advani hails SC verdict in Ayodhya case

    BJP leader LK Advani, who was one of the politicians at the forefront of the issue, said that the Supreme Court verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute was a "moment of fulfillment" for him.

    "God gave me the opportunity to contribute to a mass movement, biggest since India's Freedom Movement. I stand vindicated, feel deeply blessed at Supreme Court verdict paving way for construction of magnificent Ram temple in Ayodhya. Now the time has come to leave all contention and acrimony behind and embrace communal concord and peace," he said.

  • 18:50 (IST)

    World has seen how strong our democracy is: Narendra Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling for equality in the development for all citizens of India, said that the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case was "historic". He added, "The world has seen how strong our democracy is. Today's events will be recorded in history. Acceptance of the Ayodhya verdict reflects our tolerant nature."

  • 18:29 (IST)

    Narendra Modi hails 9 November as 'landmark day', equates judgment to fall of Berlin Wall

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation regarding the Supreme Court's verdict in the decades-old Ayodhya land dispute case, also mentioned the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor with Pakistan in view of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

    "Today is 9 November, the day when Berlin Wall was brought down. Today the Kartarpur Corridor was also inaugurated. Now with the Ayodhya verdict, this date gives us the message to stay united and move forward," he said. "Ayodhya verdict a golden chapter in Indian judicial history."

  • 18:16 (IST)

    Narendra Modi renews pitch for 'New India', 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas'

    Hailing the Supreme Court's judgment in the Ayodhya land dispute case on Saturday as a win for India's society as a whole, Prime Minister Narendra Modi adopted his slogan of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas' in the context of the event and said that moving forward after the settlement of the decades-old conflict, citizens should make sure that all were having an equal chance at development and progress.

    "There is no place for fear, bitterness and negativity in 'New India'" Modi said. "The Supreme Court verdict has brought a new dawn, now the next generation will build new India."

  • 18:11 (IST)

    With Ayodhya verdict, India has scripted history: Narendra Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the nation on the Supreme Court's verdict in the decades-old Ayodhya land dispute case, said that the way all sections of society had accepted the judgment, "reflected India's ancient traditions".

    "With this judgment, India has scripted history," he was quoted as saying by India Today.

    "It is a matter of pride. In years to come, to truly understand the principle of unity in diversity, the Supreme Court's judgment today will be referred to. This judgment has been scripted by all the citizens of the country," he said.

    Hailing the apex court, Modi said that the verdict proved that complex cases were also possible to be resolved legally. 

    He said, "The Supreme Court listened to all the sides during the hearings of this case with utmost patience and it is a matter of happiness for the entire country that the decision came with the consent of all. It is important that the judgment was unanimous"

  • 18:01 (IST)

    Narendra Modi begins address on Ayodhya verdict

  • 17:58 (IST)

    VHP says trust should construct temple as per Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas' design

    Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case, VHP international president Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje on Saturday expressed hope that the trust, to be formed as per the legal order, would construct a temple as per the design prepared by the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas. Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas was formed by the members of the VHP December, 1985 with the aim of constructing a temple at Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya.

    "There is no question of loss or victory to any of the parties concerned after the Supreme Court's verdict in Ayodhya case because the apex court has resolved centuries' old issue by delivering a balanced judgment," Kokje told PTI. 

    He said the VHP was expecting a temple to be built according to the same design prepared by Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, claiming that the latter had done a lot of preparatory work for the construction, including carving a large quantity of stones.
     
    "The adoption of this design would be convenient to the (proposed) trust," Kokje, a former judge of the high courts of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, said.
    -PTI

  • 17:46 (IST)

    Uddhav Thackeray to visit Ayodhya on 24 November

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, welcoming the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Ayodhya land dispute case on Saturday, said that he will be visiting the town in Uttar Pradesh on 24 November. Thackeray also said that he will meet senior BJP leader LK Advani and “seek his blessings”.

  • 17:40 (IST)

    RECAP: ASI excavated disputed site in 2003

    The ASI excavated the disputed site in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya on the direction of the Allahabad High Court in 2003, when it was hearing petitions in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.

    On Saturday, delivering its verdict in the decades-old case, the Supreme Court noted that the underlying structure below the disputed site in Ayodhya was not an Islamic structure, but also that the ASI had not established whether a temple was demolished to build a mosque.

  • 17:34 (IST)

    ASI report to be published as book: Centre

    The report by the Archaeological Survey of India on the excavation at the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site, which was submitted in the Supreme Court as evidence in the Ayodhya land dispute case, will be published as a book, Union culture minister Prahlad Patel said.

    "The ASI report which till now was the property of the court will soon be published in the form of a book for the public. I am grateful to all the experts who worked on the report and also congratulate them for their efforts," he was quoted as saying by PTI.

  • 17:31 (IST)

    Two people booked for inflammatory posts in Kerala

    Kerala Police has booked two people in Kochi for allegedly posting inflammatory messages on social media against the backdrop of the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case. Police said the social media and internet monitoring cell of Cyberdome of the Kochi Commissionerate had on Friday found the two persons posting communally inflammatory messages on Facebook ahead of the judgment.

    The Central police registered a case on Saturday against the two under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Kerala Police Act for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups, PTI reported.

  • 17:16 (IST)

    Narendra Modi to address nation at 6 pm

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to address the nation shortly, reports said, adding that he is likely to weigh in on the Supreme Court's order in the Ayodhya land dispute case on Saturday.

    Modi, earlier on Saturday, attended the Kartarpur Corridor inaugural ceremony.

  • 17:01 (IST)

    Counsel for Ram Lalla deity says SC verdict has 'balanced interests'

    The counsel for the Ram Lalla deity, one of the litigants in the Ayodhya land dispute case on which the Supreme Court passed a ruling on Saturday, hailed the verdict and said that it has the "balanced interest of all parties."

  • 16:50 (IST)

    Grand Mufti of India says India's sovereignty is most important

    Kanthapuram AP Aboobacker Musaliyar, of the Grand Mufti of India was quoted by The Indian Express as saying, "We respect the Supreme Court. Those who have won today must not celebrate. Those who have been defeated must not create problems. We have said this already. To talk more about the issue, we must get a copy of the judgment. We have to study it.

    "Everyone must strive for peace in India. The victory or defeat over the Babri Masjid incident may be significant to every party, but the protection of India and its sovereignty is much more important."

  • 16:47 (IST)

    Kerala party says SC verdict is 'disappointing, but we accept it'

    The Samastha Kerala Jamayithul Ulema party in Kerala was quoted by The Indian Express as saying that the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case was "disappointing", but also accepted the judgment.

    "The Samastha respects the Indian judiciary and the Indian Constitution. There should not be any kind of riots or communal disturbances. We appeal to everyone to not to break the existing communal harmony and friendship," the party said.

  • 16:42 (IST)

    Kerala's IUML to meet on Monday to analyse verdict

    Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) supremo, Panakkad Syed Hyderali Shihab Thangal said that the party accepts the Supreme Court judgment on the Ayodhya land dispute case in Uttar Pradesh.

    "A meeting of IUML has been called on Monday and we will analyse the verdict," he was quoted as saying by PTI.

  • 16:34 (IST)

    AIMPLB says final statement on Ayodhya judgment only after studying legalities

    Senior member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Khalid Rasheed Farangimahli, on Saturday appealed to members of all religious groups to maintain peace and harmony in view of the Supreme Court's verdict in the politically sensitive Ayodhya land dispute case.

    Reacting to the apex court verdict, he told PTI that a final statement by Muslim organisations will be issued only after studying the legalities of all aspects of the decision.

  • 16:20 (IST)

    Sunni Waqf Board says won't seek review of judgment

    One of the litigants in the decades-old Ayodhya land dispute case, the Sunni Waqf Board reportedly said that it won't seek a review of the Supreme Court's judgment in the case on Saturday. CNN-News18 and India Today quoted the litigant as saying that they won't seek a review.

    Zafar Farooqui, chairman of Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board, was quoted by ANI as saying, "We welcome and humbly accept the verdict of the Supreme Court. I want to make it clear that Uttar Pradesh Sunni Waqf Board will not go for any review of the apex court order or file any curative petition."

  • 16:16 (IST)

    Mayawati calls for future course of action in 'amicable' atmosphere

    Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Mayawati said that people must respect the Supreme Court judgment in the protracted land dispute case, and added that all the work in the future should be done in "an amicable atmosphere only".

  • 16:08 (IST)

    SC advocate J Sai Deepak gives a rundown of Ayodhya verdict

    Supreme Court advocate J Sai Deepak, in conversation with Firstpost, provides a rundown of the apex court's judgment in the decades-old Ayodhya land dispute case.

  • 16:03 (IST)

    Internet suspended in Jaipur Commissionerate area

    In view of the Supreme Court's Ayodhya verdict, ANI reported that internet services were suspended for 24 hours in the Jaipur Commissionerate area in Rajasthan, from 10 am on Saturday.

    A five-judge Constitution Bench of the apex court pronounced its verdict in the protracted land dispute case at 10.30 am on Saturday, and ruled in favour of the Hindu litigants while directing the Centre to allot a five-acre land to the Muslim litigants.

  • 15:54 (IST)

    VHP asks people to exercise restraint after Ayodhya verdict

    The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), which has been at the forefront of the movement demanding the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya, has asked people not to express their reaction to the decision in public.

    "People have been asked not to come on the streets while expressing their reaction to the verdict, lighting candles or any other means, but by staying in their homes to ensure that no one's religious sentiments are hurt," VHP spokesperson Sharad Sharma told PTI.

  • 15:47 (IST)

    Concluded that 3-way bifurcation of land was legally unsustainable: SC in Ayodhya verdict

    A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, in its order on the decades-old Ayodhya land dispute in Uttar Pradesh, noted that Allahabad High Court's 2010 judgment to split the disputed land into three was "legally unsustainable".

    The apex court bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, handing over the site to the Hindu side for "successfully" proving their possession of the outer courtyard of the site, said, "We have already concluded that the three-way bifurcation by the (Allahabad) High Court was legally unsustainable. Even as a matter of maintaining public peace and tranquillity, the solution which commended itself to the high court is not feasible. The disputed site admeasures all of 1500 square yards. Dividing the land will not subserve the interest of either of the parties or secure a lasting sense of peace and tranquillity."

  • 15:31 (IST)

    Centre issues advisory to adhere to Programme Code

    The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has issued an advisory to all news channels and cable TV operators to strictly adhere to the Programme Code during discussion, debates and reporting.

  • 15:20 (IST)

    Shia cleric says thankful that Muslims peacefully accepted judgment

    Shia Cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad said, "We humbly accept SC verdict, I am thankful to god that Muslims by and large have accepted this verdict and the dispute has ended now. Though its their(Muslim Personal law board) right to file review petition I think matter should just end now."

  • 15:19 (IST)

    Why Hindus won claim over both the outer and inner courtyard at disputed site

    The Supreme Court's decision rests on the following premise. Firstly, it said that the Hindu site could prove without doubt its occupation of the outer courtyard throughout the history of the dispute.  The SC stated that "on the balance of probabilities", there is "clear evidence to indicate" that the worship by the Hindus in the outer courtyard continued "unimpeded in spite of the setting up of a grill-brick wall in 1857."

    Secondly, the court held that the Muslims also agreed to the presence of Hindu symbols both inside and outside the Babri mosque. It said that according to the Hindu witnesses, the Hindus used to offer prayer to the Kasauti stone pillars placed inside the mosque. “Muslim witnesses have acknowledged the presence of symbols of Hindu religious significance both inside and outside the mosque," the SC has said.

    Importantly, the SC also pointed out that entry into the three-domed structure "was possible only by seeking access through either of the two doors on the eastern and northern sides of the outer courtyard which were under the control of the Hindu devotees," The Indian Express reported.

    Lastly, the Muslims, the court said, couldn't prove their exclusive right on the inner courtyard without any doubt. It said that the ASI report concluding that the mosque was built over another structure, which was not Islamic in nature, cannot be dismmised as mere conjectures. 

  • 15:05 (IST)

    Honouring SC decision on Ayodhya, we should maintain mutual harmony: Rahul Gandhi

    Everyone should respect the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute and maintain harmony, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday while noting that this is the time to promote brotherhood, trust and love for all in the country.
     
     
    The Supreme Court in a unanimous verdict on Saturday cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.
     
     
    "The Supreme Court has pronounced its verdict on the Ayodhya issue. While honouring this decision of the court, we all should maintain mutual harmony. This is a time for brotherhood, trust and love among us all Indians," he said in a tweet in Hindi.

  • 15:00 (IST)

    Delhi Police uses drones to carry out surveillance

     

    Delhi Police on Saturday used drones to carry out surveillance in parts of the national capital in view of the Supreme Court verdict in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute, case officials said. Drone surveillance, meeting with public and area patrolling were conducted in several parts of the city including areas of northeast Delhi, they said. Prohibitory orders have been issued across the national capital to maintain public order, police said. 

  • 14:56 (IST)

    Judgment a win for all parties, says Venkaiah Naidu

    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said that the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya was a victory for India, and not a loss for anybody. Naidu also urged citizens to show prudence and forget past disputes to work for a brighter future of India. 

  • 14:48 (IST)

    VHP chief thanks Supreme Court for landmark judgment, says glad that Hindus' faith was upheld 

    "Today is a day of great rejoicing, satisfaction and fulfilment. After 491 years of struggles, numerous battles and innumerable sacrifices for the cause of the Temple at Sri Ram Janma Bhumi in Ayodhya, the Supreme Court of India has finally pronounced the truth and justice of the matter. This verdict, given after a marathon hearing of 40 days/200+ hours and without being distracted by a range of obstacles, is one of the greatest judicial verdicts in the world. The Hindu society the world over, forming one-sixth of the over seven billion global population, had been anxiously waiting for this verdict for nearly 70 years through all judicial processes at all levels. At the end of the day, that wait fructified and justice has prevailed. We express our gratitude to the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India," Alok Kumar, working president of VHP said. 

  • 14:40 (IST)

    What would have been the judgment, if Babri wasn't razed to ground, asks Asaduddin Owaisi

     

    Asaduddin Owaisi hit out at the judgement saying, "If the Babri Masjid wasn’t demolished that day, what would the judgement have been today? There has been discrimination against Muslims and no one can deny it. We are fighting for our legal rights," Rejecting the SC's decision to allot an alternate land to the Muslim parties, he further said, "The entire nation is marching on the way of being a ‘Hindu Rashtra’.  I am only scared that there are many Masjids- where the Sangh Parivar will claim rights on the basis of this decision." 

  • 14:25 (IST)

    Man arrested for putting up objectionable post related to Ayodhya case on social media

    A 30-year-old man was arrested on Saturday for putting up an objectionable post related to the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case on the social media in Rajasthan's Bikaner district, police said. The accused has been identified as Sri Krishn, a resident of Kharda village.

    He put up the objectionable post on his Facebook page on Friday night. The post was traced by a surveillance team following which a search was on for the accused, SHO Napasar police station Sandeep Kumar said

  • 14:23 (IST)

    Former ASI official says organisation's findings paved way for building Ram Temple at disputed site 

    K K Muhammed, former regional director (North), Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) said, "I feel vindicated (he had said Ram temple existed before Babri mosque in Ayodhya), I was hounded by a group of people. It is exactly the kind of decision that we all wanted. It is on the basis of archaeological and historical evidences that were supplied by ASI, court came to conclusion that there was a huge magnificent temple earlier and we should build a new temple once more."

  • 14:20 (IST)

    SC ruling should be respected wholeheartedly, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

    "The Supreme Court judgement on decades old Ayodhya matter should be welcomed and respected wholeheartedly by all of us. It’s our collective responsibility to strengthen unity, social harmony, brotherhood in the country," Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told The Hindu

  • Supreme Court Lawyer PS Narasimha says verdict restored dignity of faith 

     

    "The recognition of our faith by the Supreme Court is of a great importance to us. We are also grateful to the Apex Court which under constitutional value recognised all faiths and restored diginity. The direction of the court will bring about equality of religion and fraternity amongst the religious practitioners. All faiths have flourished in the Indian sub-continent and they will continue to practice and profess their religion as per the judgment of the Supreme Court. It is a great day for the country and everyone is a winner," said Supreme Court lawyer PS Narasimha who appeared for Mahant Ramachandradas in Ayodhya.

  • 14:12 (IST)

    Asaduddin Owaisi says Muslims poor but can afford 5-acre-land for our god, no need to patronise us

    AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that although it is up to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, but my opinion is that we should reject the offer for the five-acre land. "It is true that Muslims are poor. But they are not so weak that they cannot build a home for their god. We can afford it. We were fighting for our legal rights. No need to patronize us," Owaisi said. 

  • 14:05 (IST)

    'Supreme Court 'supreme' but not infallible'; Asaduddin Owaisi says unsatisfied with ruling

    Asaduddin Owaisi said he was unsatisfied with the Supreme Court ruling. He said, "Supreme Court is supreme but not infallible."

  • 13:52 (IST)

    Journalists stopped 500 metres away from UP CM's residence

    According to an Economic Times reporter, media persons are being stopped at least 500 metres away from the Chief Minister's residence in Lucknow. 

  • 13:46 (IST)

    Mixed emotions in Ayodhya over landmark judgment as residents go about life as usual

     

    Relief appeared to be the overwhelming emotion in Ayodhya as the Supreme Court pronounced its judgment on the disputed site, allotting it for the construction of a Ram temple. Many lanes and bylanes were barricaded by the police, but elsewhere it was business as usual.
     
     
    In the run-up to the judgement delivered by a five-judge bench, many lanes in the town bore a deserted look. At homes, people sat glued to their television sets. "Thank God," said Preeti Singh, a resident of Rikabganj, who was visiting a Durga temple with her children around the time the five-judge bench delivered the judgment in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute. Mohammed Sajid, who runs a tailoring shop, told PTI that he felt the verdict is “incomplete”. He did not wish to elaborate.
     
    PTI

  • 13:39 (IST)

    Acquiring 67 acres then giving in alms 5 acres can't be called justice: All India Muslim Personal Law Board

    "Iske badle hume 100 acre zameen bhi de to koi fayda nahi hai.Hamari 67 acre zameen already acquire ki huyi hai to humko daan mein kya de rahe hain vo?Humari 67 acre zameen lene ke baad 5 acre de rahe hain. Ye kahan ka insaaf hai? (Even if you give us 100 acres in lieu of the disputed land, it is waste for s. They acquired our 67 acres of land and in return are offering five acres. Do you call this justice," an AIMPLB member told ANI. 

  • 13:23 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath welcomes SC judgment on Ayodhya

Ayodhya Verdict released, Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid Case Supreme Court Verdict released LATEST News and Updates: Ayodhya circle officer, Amar Singh on Saturday evening said that the situation is normal in Ayodhya.

"Not even a single incident has been reported, whether it is Muslim brothers or Hindu brothers, all have accepted the verdict. We have not faced any challenges. We have been patrolling all the areas, the situation is normal," he was quoted as saying by ANI.

The Ministry of External Affairs on Saturday evening said that it rejected the "unwarranted and gratuitous" comments made by Pakistan on the Supreme Court's judgment in the Ayodhya land dispute case. Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi earlier on Saturday objected to the timing of the Ayodhya verdict, which coincides with the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor, saying he was "deeply saddened" at the "insensitivity" shown at such a joyous occasion.

The MEA was quoted by ANI as saying, "We reject the unwarranted and gratuitous comments made by Pakistan on the judgment of the Supreme Court on a civil matter that is completely internal to India. It pertains to the rule of law and equal respect for all faiths — concepts that aren't part of their ethos. So, while Pakistan's lack of comprehension isn't surprising, their pathological compulsion to comment on our internal affairs with the obvious intent of spreading hatred is condemnable."

BJP leader LK Advani, who was one of the politicians at the forefront of the issue, said that the Supreme Court verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute was a "moment of fulfillment" for him.

"God gave me the opportunity to contribute to a mass movement, biggest since India's Freedom Movement. I stand vindicated, feel deeply blessed at Supreme Court verdict paving way for construction of magnificent Ram temple in Ayodhya. Now the time has come to leave all contention and acrimony behind and embrace communal concord and peace," he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation regarding the Supreme Court's verdict in the decades-old Ayodhya land dispute case, also mentioned the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor with Pakistan in view of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

"Today is 9 November, the day when Berlin Wall was brought down. Today the Kartarpur Corridor was also inaugurated. Now with the Ayodhya verdict, this date gives us the message to stay united and move forward," he said. "Ayodhya verdict a golden chapter in Indian judicial history."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the nation on the Supreme Court's verdict in the decades-old Ayodhya land dispute case, said that the way all sections of society had accepted the judgment, "reflected India's ancient traditions".

"With this judgment, India has scripted history," he was quoted as saying by India Today. "It is a matter of pride. In years to come, to truly understand the principle of unity in diversity, the Supreme Court's judgment today will be referred to. This judgment has been scripted by all the citizens of the country," he said.

Hailing the apex court, Modi said that the verdict proved that complex cases were also possible to be resolved legally.

He said, "The Supreme Court listened to all the sides during the hearings of this case with utmost patience and it is a matter of happiness for the entire country that the decision came with the consent of all. It is important that the judgment was unanimous"

Hailing the Supreme Court's judgment in the Ayodhya land dispute case on Saturday as a win for India's society as a whole, Prime Minister Narendra Modi adopted his slogan of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas' in the context of the ruling and said that moving forward after the settlement of the decades-old conflict, citizens should make sure that all were having an equal chance at development and progress.

"There is no place for fear, bitterness and negativity in 'New India'" Modi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to address the nation shortly, reports said, adding that he is likely to weigh in on the Supreme Court's order in the Ayodhya land dispute case on Saturday.

Modi, earlier on Saturday, attended the Kartarpur Corridor inaugural ceremony.

The counsel for the Ram Lalla deity, one of the litigants in the Ayodhya land dispute case on which the Supreme Court passed a ruling on Saturday, hailed the verdict and said that it has the "balanced interest of all parties."

One of the litigants in the decades-old Ayodhya land dispute case, the Sunni Waqf Board, reportedly said that it won't seek a review of the Supreme Court's judgment in the case on Saturday. CNN-News18 and India Today quoted the litigant as saying that they won't seek a review.

Asaduddin Owaisi said he was unsatisfied with the Supreme Court ruling. He said, "Supreme Court is supreme but not infallible."

Expressing satisfaction with the Supreme Court judgment in the Ayodhya case, Iqbal Ansari, one of the litigants, said that he won't challenge the verdict. However, All India Muslim personal Law Board has indicated that they will file a review petition in the Supreme Court as they are not satisfied with the ruling.

Mohan Bhagwat said, "We welcome this decision of Supreme Court. This case was going on for decades and it has reached the right conclusion. This should not be seen as a win or loss.We also welcome everyone's efforts to maintain peace and harmony in society."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted drawing attention to the importance of taking the legal course in resolving disputes following the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case.

As the Supreme Court verdict on Ram Janmabhoomi and Babri Masjid case came to a close, reactions have started pouring in. Senior BJP leaders and ministers, including Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, welcomed the judgmement. Shah congratulated the "justice system of India." Shiv Sena's Aaditya Thackeray tweeted, "Jai Shri Ram."

Addressing a press conference, Sunni Wakf Board lawyer Zafaryab Jilani said that the Supreme Court has upheld the secular fabric of the country. Jilani further added that while the Muslim side respects the judgment, five acres of land has no value for the party. "We respect the Supreme Court. We respect the judgment. But we are not satisfied with this. There are a lot of contradictions within the judgment. Five acre has no value. We appeal for calm," Jilani said.

A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court today (Saturday) allotted the disputed Ayodhya land to the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas. The apex court ordered allotment of an alternative piece of five acres of land to the Muslims for a mosque. The Bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, said the Hindu litigants were able to establish their case that they were in possession of the outer courtyard. It added that the Muslim side was unable to prove their exclusive possession of the inner courtyard. The apex court has directed the Centre to frame a scheme under which it will constitute a body within three months to hand over the inner and outer courtyard to the Ramjanmabhoomi Trust. It said the Sunni Wakf Board would be granted five acres of land in a 'suitable, prominent place in Ayodhya'.

A suitable plot of land measuring 5 acres to be handed over to Sunni Waqf Board either by Central government or state government. Sunni Wakf Board at liberty to construct a mosque at the allotted land. Here are the few final pointers from the judgment:

Suit 3 by Nirmohi Akhara dismissed as barred by limitation.
Suit 4 and suit 5 within limitation.
Central Govt should within 3 months formulate a scheme envisaging setting up of Trust
Possession of inner and outer courtyards to be handed over to the Trust

The Supreme Court says the faith and belief of Hindus that Ram was born in Ayodhya is "indisputable". The apex court says, "Faith is a matter of individual believer... No evidence has come on record to discount the belief of Hindus in the place."

'The ASI report can be lent credence to the underlying structure was dated 12th Century. But the ASI report hasn't said the underlying structure was a specific temple. The ASI report that a temple inside is supported by evidence. However, ASI did not say whether a temple was demolished to build another structure. Hindus consider Ayodhya as birthplace of Lord Ram. Faith and belief of Hindus that Lord Ram was born under the inner dome, Faith of Hindus is undisputed that Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya.'

There is adequate material in ASI report to conclude the following, says the Supreme Court. "Babri Masjid not constructed on vacant land. There was a structure underlying the disputed structure." "The underlying structure was not an Islamic structure," holds the Supreme Court.

'The Ayodhya judgment will be an unanimous judgment,' the Supreme Court has held. Pronouncement of judgment will last for half an hour, the bench says. First order will be on First order on suit by Sri Ram Lalla Virajman. Supreme Court says even they have agreed the mosque was built by Meer Baqui. It is not relevant when the mosque was built by Meer Baqui during Babur time, said the bench.

The 5-judge Constitutional bench has assembled. The doors of courtroom were opened and crowd of lawyers and journalists have rushed in. Pronouncement of judgment commences. ​CJI Ranjan Gogoi, "We would request silence please."

The Supreme Court of India will deliver the judgment in the Ayodhya matter at 10.30 am today. CNBC-TV18 reported that a massive crowd has gathered outside Court Room 1 of the Supreme Court where the 5-judge Constitutional bench will deliver the judgment in the Ayodhya case. CJI Ranjan Gogoi is reportedly on his way to the court right now.

CJI Ranjan Gogoi has left his residence for Supreme Court ahead of the Ayodhya verdict. There is a heavy security deployment outside Supreme Court, and ahead of the verdict Gogoi's security cover was upgraded to that of Z-security.

Security personnel are being briefed at the Supreme Court premises. A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court will deliver the judgment in Ayodhya land dispute case in less than an hour.

Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) Om Prakash Singh notified that several confidence building measures have been taken by the cops. "We did around 10,000 meetings across the state with religious leaders and citizens. We are appealing to the people of the state to not spread rumors on social media."

Paramilitary forces have been deployed in Ayodhya and drones are being used to conduct an aerial surveillance on the day of the Ayodhya case verdict. Singh added that the intelligence machinery has also been geared up and random checks are also taking place. An ADG rank officer has been deployed in Ayodhya to keep an eye on operations, Singh said.

The Supreme Court judgment in the Ayodhya case is excected at 10.30 am today. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will address the nation through press conference today at 1 pm in Delhi after the Supreme Court verdict in Ayodhya case. All preparations have been put in place to ensure peace in the entire state of Uttar Pradesh, across the country in general, and Ayodhya in particular.

Security has been beefed up in Ayodhya and adjoining areas ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri masjid title suit and the administration is keeping strict vigil in 31 districts of Uttar Pradesh, officials said on Saturday. Section 144 has been imposed across Uttar Pradesh. The Congress party has issued an advisory to its leaders and spokespersons asking them not to comment to the media until an official party stand is formalised post the judgment.

All educational institutions in Uttar Pradesh will remain closed from Saturday to Monday in view of the Ayodhya verdict, officials said on Friday.

A sudden anxiety gripped the temple town on Friday night as the news that the Supreme Court will deliver its verdict in the communally sensitive Ayodhya land dispute case on Saturday began to trickle in. Today the temple tows is turned into a fortress as it warily awaits judgment in a decades-old case.

Pilgrims, who had travelled to Ayodhya for a religious event on Monday, 11 November, are leaving the temple town "fearing a riot-like situation"

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, ahead of the Supreme Court's verdict in the politically sensitive Ayodhya case, urged people not to believe rumours and that the administration was "fully committed" to protecting all citizens.

"I appeal to the people of the country to ignore the rumors. The administration is fully committed to protecting everyone and maintaining law and order in the state. If any person tries to play with law and order, strict action will be taken against him," he said.

Sources who got in touch with the district magistrate Anuj Jha who said that the state is prepared for any eventuality. He also added that there was no need to panic and that enough security measures have been put in place.

A heavy deployment of police personnel has been pressed into service in the Nayaghat area in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya ahead of the Supreme Court's verdict in the decades-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case. While Nayaghat is close to the disputed area not many restrictions have been imposed currently.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi weighed in with an appeal for peace and unity ahead of the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute.

Modi, who in the past week has instructed state administrations to ensure that peace is maintained across the country, said. "Whatever decision the Supreme Court delivers in the Ayodhya case, it'll not be a victory or defeat for anyone. My appeal to the countrymen is that it should be the priority of all of us that this decision should further strengthen the great tradition of peace,unity and goodwill of India."

Ahead of the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case on Saturday, the Delhi Police has tightened security across the National Capital and asked its top officials to identify sensitive areas in the city for deployment of additional force, reports said.

The deputy commissioners of police of all districts, along with the station house officers, have been directed to raise police visibility and patrolling in communally sensitive areas.

In Meerut, the Divisional Commissioner Anita Meshram along with IG Alok Kumar also took stock of the law and order situation on Friday.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce on Saturday its verdict in the politically sensitive case of Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya. The apex court is likely to pronounce judgement at 10.30 am.

A 5-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, had reserved the judgement on 16 October after marathon hearing of 40 days.

As the security preparedness has been ramped up in Ayodhya before the ruling on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title case is pronounced, all roads leading to the temple have been completely blocked by the state administration. After intensive monitoring, the administration is permitting entry only by foot.

Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, on Friday urged all Indians "to exercise restraint and demonstrate faith in the judiciary" ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title case.

"It is a testing time for the nation. Though passions on both sides are running high, but I would urge the Indian conscience to exercise restraint and demonstrate faith in the judiciary," Bukhari said in a statement.

"I hope that the constitutional superiority shall prevail and rule of law is not compromised. It is a testing time for the nation," the statement added.

In anticipation of the Supreme Court verdict, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a Hindu right-wing organisation who has been at the forefront of the movement demanding the construction of Ram temple at the disputed site, has stopped stone carving work for the construction of the 'grand temple' in Ayodhya for the first time since 1990.

"All the artisans involved in the work have returned to their homes," said VHP spokesperson Sharad Sharma.

In a closed door meeting of prominent Muslim organisations convened by Navaid Hamid, president of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, the apex body of Indian Muslim organisations, the participants resolved to maintain peace and harmony at all cost after the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya dispute is out.

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind chief Maulana Arshad Madani expressed hope that the decision of the apex court will go in its favour. The Jamiat is one of the stakeholders in the dispute. Even as the advocates of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind and other parties, defending the Babri case, have argued with evidences in the Supreme Court, Madani was optimistic and said there was "no reason to doubt about the outcome."

Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari reached the Supreme Court on Friday along with other top officials to meet CJI Ranjan Gogoi. The meeting was called upon to ascertain the security preparedness on ground for after the momentous ruling on Ayodha land dispute is out.

As the final verdict by the Supreme Court on the contentious Ayodhya land dispute draws near, the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has called upon Uttar Pradesh chief secretary, the Director General of Police (DGP) and other top officials to ascertain the security preparedness on ground for after the momentous ruling is out.

The decision is expected to be delivered before Gogoi vacates the chair on 17 November. The tentative date for the verdict is 15 November, reported CNN-News18.

"The office of CJI Ranjan Gogoi has summoned the offices of the chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh, DGP a day ago and the meeting is expected to take place at 12 pm (a tentative time of the meeting) to ensure law and order stays intact in the state and assess the readiness of the state government in meeting all situations once the verdict is out," said Legal editor Utkarsh Aanand, speaking to News18.

Meanwhile, the situation in Ayodhya remains on knife's edge with prohibitory order in place till 28 December. Any sort of "victory celebrations" or "mourning processions" have also been banned.

On Thursday, the central government rushed around 4,000 paramilitary personnel to the state, where the nation's longest pending dispute is about to be settled. The Railway police cancelled leave of its force and stepped up vigil at 78 major stations and on trains as part of its security preparedness.

Livemint quoted Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police OP Singh as saying, "All precautions are being taken. We are going to ensure timely response of law and order at any cost. All field officers have also been sensitized and we are in regular touch with all communities on the ground to ensure that no untoward episode occurs."

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has also sent a general advisory to all the states and Union territories ordering deployment of adequate security personnel at all sensitive places.

With the verdict predicted to be announced anytime in next week, political leaders made fresh calls to people not to indulge in making provocative remarks or spreading rumours.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday discussed the Ayodhya issue with his council of ministers and asked them to refrain from making unnecessary statements on the subject and maintain harmony in the country.

A top leader in the ruling dispensation, on the condition of anonymity, told Firstpost that even if the judgment is in favour of the Hindu parties, the government will need to intervene and bring in a legislation. The objective of this legislation will be to bring clarity on which entity will construct and manage the Ram temple, and who will take possession of the 67 acres of land that are not disputed but are in the possession of the Centre.

An MHA official in Delhi said the ministry has rushed 40 companies of paramilitary forces to Uttar Pradesh to assist the state government in maintaining law and order, particularly in Ayodhya. A company of paramilitary forces comprises about 100 personnel.

Ayodhya is also expected to see a heavy rush of pilgrims next week over Kartik Purnima as the local administration gears up to ensure calm. Lakhs of devotees are expected to gather in the pilgrim town on 12 November for Kartik Purnima Snan.

The railway police issued a seven-page advisory to all its zones giving them a slew of instructions on security preparedness, sources said.

The advisory from the Railway Protection Force(RPF) said leaves of all its personnel have been cancelled and they have been instructed to be engaged in escorting trains.
The advisory, which covers aspects like security at platforms, railway stations, yard, parking space, bridges and tunnels as well as production units and workshops, has earmarked all potential hot-spots which could either be a site for any violence or could be used to hide explosives.

The RPF advisory said a close watch should be kept on all religious structures near railway stations or within its premises as they may become "flash points" in case tempers run high. It has also instructed caretakers of such structures not to leave them unguarded.

It has identified around 78 major stations with high footfall including stations in Mumbai, Delhi, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh where the presence of RPF personnel have been increased.

The advisory also rescinded an earlier order which allowed stations to keep their lighting to around 30 percent to save electricity when there is no train at the station, instructing all zones to keep lighting at 100 percent at all times instead.

The advisory has also issued strict operational guidelines to be followed in case a mob is sighted in railway premises – presence of quick response teams, sealing of entry and exit points and use of CCTV cameras monitored by skilled personnel – to maximise security of railway premises.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad(VHP), meanwhile, has stopped stone carving work for the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya for the first time since 1990.

"All the artisans involved in the work have returned to their homes," said VHP spokesperson Sharad Sharma.

He said the decision to stop the carving was taken by top leaders of the VHP, a Hindu right-wing organization that has been at the forefront of the movement demanding the construction of a 'grand temple' dedicated to Lord Ram at the site of the demolished Babri Masjid.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Nov 09, 2019 22:21:16 IST