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SC Final Verdict on Ayodhya Case Updates: Internet services to remain suspended in Jaipur till tomorrow; UP remains peaceful
  • 12:42 (IST)

    What is Article 142, invoked by SC to give land for a mosque?

    The Article provides that “Supreme Court in the exercise of its jurisdiction may pass such decree or make such order as is necessary for doing complete justice in any cause or matter pending before it”.

    “Subject to the provisions of any law made in this behalf by Parliament, the Supreme Court shall, as respects the whole of the territory of India, have all and every power to make any order for the purpose of securing the attendance of any person, the discovery or production of any documents, or the investigation or punishment of any contempt of itself,” the Article adds.

  • 11:00 (IST)

    K Parasaran, 'Pitamaha' of India Bar, emerges hero in Ayodhya land dispute case

    Legal luminary and two-time Attorney General of India K Parasaran was the lead counsel for the Hindu parties in temple-mosque land dispute in Ayodhya and he successfully argued for possession of the entire disputed land in the Supreme Court in favour of the deity "Ram Lalla Virajman". During the hearing, the 92-year-old senior lawyer had told the apex court that it must do "full and complete justice" in all matters before it and that his last wish before he died was to finish the case.

    Sitting in the front row, he listened to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi pronouncing the historical verdict. As soon as the verdict was over, lawyers from the Hindu side surrounded him and congratulated but the nonagenarian jurist held back his emotions.

    An erudite Hindu scholar who often quoted from Hindu scriptures in his arguments, Parasaran was referred to as the "Pitamaha" of the India Bar by Supreme Court judge and former chief justice of Madras High Court Sanjay Kishan Kaul for his contribution to the law without compromising with his 'dharma'.

    He had also appeared for the Nair Service Society, in the Sabarimala case, to defend the ban on the entry of menstruating women in the temple.
    Parasaran also argued against eminent jurist Nani Palkhivala on crucial Constitution cases. He started practising in the top court in 1958. - PTI

  • 10:22 (IST)

    Internet services to remain suspended in Jaipur till tomorrow

    Internet services will remain suspended in Jaipur till tomorrow, authorities said today. Services were shut on the eve of the landmark Ayodhya verdict fearing rumour mongering and organised protests that could endanger communal harmony in the area.

  • 09:36 (IST)

    NTY calls verdict 'victory' for Narendra Modi

    The New York Times wrote "Court Backs Hindus on Ayodhya, Handing Modi Victory in His Bid to Remake India". The article, authored by Maria Abi-Habib and Sameer Yasir, described the Ayodhya verdict as a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    "The ruling paves the way for Hindus to build a temple where the Babri Mosque once stood, a decision that raised fears of sectarian tensions," the article said. 

  • 09:24 (IST)

    'Ayodhya verdict will shape political and social landscape of India': US media

    The Supreme Court's judgement in the Ayodhya case will shape the political and social landscape of India, the US media reported on Saturday, noting the steps taken by the Indian government to maintain law and order in the country after the verdict.

    The Wall Street Journal said the court, in its ruling, focused on the merits of the suit filed on behalf of the idol of Lord Ram that was placed on the disputed site in 1949. 

    The Washington Post, in a news dispatch from New Delhi, said that the “unanimous verdict” by the Supreme Court “sets the stage for the construction of a grand Hindu temple” at the site.

    -PTI

  • 09:10 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath monitors situation in Uttar Pradesh; state heaves sigh of relief as day passes off peacefully

    Uttar Pradesh heaved a sigh of relief on Saturday as the day passed off peacefully amid continued vigil on the law and order situation by authorities after the Supreme Court's verdict on the Ayodhya issue, which had kept the holy town on edge for years.

    While Ayodhya resembled a city under seige earlier during the day, the scene was no different elsewhere in the state with police and central forces keeping an eye over the security situation and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath personally monitoring it from a hi-tech control room in the state capital.

  • 08:53 (IST)

    Muslims should join Hindus for Ram Temple construction, says Prince Yakub

    Yakub Habeebuddin Tucy, who claims to be a descendant of the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, said Muslims should join hands with Hindus for Ram Temple construction in Ayodhya to set an example of brotherhood.


    Speaking to ANI here, Tucy termed the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case as "historic" and said that everyone should accept the judgement with happiness.


    "Hindus and Muslims should come together to construct Ram temple in Ayodhya so that an example of secularism and religious brotherhood could be set before the world," he said.

  • 08:40 (IST)

    Ayodhya order doesn't specify name of author or name of dissenting judge 

    Apart from the 1,045-page order, two features of the judgment delivered by the five-judge bench in the Ayodhya title dispute have stood out. First, it does not specify the name of the judge(s) who authored the judgment. And secondly, the unanimous judgment does not mention the name of the judge who dissented on the issue of the exact birth-place of Lord Ram.

    Both of these facts about the order may be considered a major departure from the norm, especially in such a high-profile case.

  • 08:26 (IST)

    'Pathological Compulsion' to Comment on internal affairs': India on Pakistan's remarks post vedict

    India hit out at Pakistan on Saturday for objecting to the timing of the Ayodhya verdict, saying Islamabad's "pathological compulsion" to comment on its internal affairs with the obvious intent of spreading hatred is condemnable, after Shah Mahmood Qureshi objected to the timing of the verdict

    "It pertains to the rule of law and equal respect for all faiths, concepts that are not part of their ethos. So, while Pakistan's lack of comprehension is not surprising, their pathological compulsion to comment on our internal affairs with the obvious intent of spreading hatred is condemnable," Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

    - PTI

  • 08:15 (IST)

    'Time has come For Uniform Civil Code,' says Rajnath Singh after Ayodhya verdict

    After the Supreme Court ruled in favour of Hindus in the centuries-old dispute, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hinted at the impending decision on Uniform Civil Code. 

    Time has come, he said when asked about Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the country. "Aa gaya samay (Time has come)," he told reporters here when asked about the UCC.

  • 08:08 (IST)

    Moment of fulfillment for me, says LK Advani 

    BJP veteran LK Advani, the most prominent political face of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, on Saturday said the historic Supreme Court judgment on the Ayodhya issue has vindicated his stand and he feels deeply blessed over the verdict paving the way for construction of a magnificent Ram temple. Describing it as a moment of "fulfilment" for him, Advani, who celebrated his 92nd birthday on Friday, said "God Almighty" had given him an opportunity to make his own humble contribution to the mass movement and stressed that time has come to leave all contention and acrimony behind and embrace communal concord and peace.

  • 07:35 (IST)

    UP Sunni Waqf Board says it won't file review petition

    The UP Sunni Central Waqf Board will not go in for a review of the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute or file a curative petition, chairman of the Board Zufar Farooqui said. 

  • 07:17 (IST)

    Shah Mehmood Qureshi rakes up Ayodhya verdict at Kartarpur corridor opening

    Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday raked up the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ayodhya case on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor, wondering whether the ruling was timed to overshadow Islamabad's goodwill towards the Sikh community.

    Talking to Indian journalists, he wondered why the verdict has been delivered on a day the Kartarpur Corridor was thrown open to Sikh pilgrims in a historic people-to-people initiative.
     
     

    “Why the verdict came today. Its timing is significant. Is it not an effort to play down the historic initiative of Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan for the Sikh community,” Qureshi said.

  • 07:12 (IST)

    Indian-Americans laud Supreme Court's verdict on Ayodhya case

    The Indian-American community on Saturday lauded the Supreme Court's historic verdict in the Ayodhya case, saying the decision in the decades-old land dispute is equally a victory for both Hindus and Muslims.
    The Indian 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.

  • 07:04 (IST)

    Ayodhya expresses mixed sentiments, Muslims say SC should have earmarked spot to build new mosque

    The Supreme Court verdict allowing Hindus to build a temple at Ayodhya was a mixed bag of emotions for the people of this historic town. While Hindus were ecstatic with the court’s verdict, Muslims were disappointed to find no mention of the exact place where they would be provided five acres of land to build a mosque. For them, a mosque within Ayodhya remains a priority.

    Read full report here

  • 06:59 (IST)

    Hindu parties say faith reaffirmed by SC; Muslim parties voice dissatisfaction

    Settling a fractious issue that goes back more than a century, the Supreme Court in a verdict on Saturday backed the construction of a Ram temple by a Centre-appointed trust at the disputed site in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya, and ruled that an alternative five-acre plot must be assigned for a mosque in the temple town.

    Lawyers for Hindu parties on Saturday said the Supreme Court judgment granting the entire 2.77 acre of disputed land in Ayodhya to deity Ram Lalla has reaffirmed their faith while the Muslim parties voiced dissatisfaction, saying there were lot of contradictions in the verdict.
    The apex court 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.

  • 06:56 (IST)

    In Ayodhya, devotees rejoice at SC verdict, many say they are relieved and hope for peace

    A sense of relief prevailed on Saturday evening among residents of Ayodhya, irrespective of their faith, with many saying that the Supreme Court verdict has finally ended the uncertainty that plagued the temple city due to the highly-polarising Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.
    Tight security arrangements had been made and most people preferred to stay indoors this morning. But as the judgement was declared and the day passed off peacefully, the hustle and bustle returned to the temple city with devotees flocking to various temples.

Ayodhya Verdict released, Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid Case Supreme Court Verdict released LATEST News and Updates: Internet services will remain suspended in Jaipur till tomorrow, authorities said today.

The Supreme Court's judgement in the Ayodhya case will shape the political and social landscape of India, the US media reported on Saturday, noting the steps taken by the Indian government to maintain law and order in the country after the verdict.

Most of the mainstream American media, which reported about the verdict, underscored that the ruling by the five-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi was unanimous.
It also noted the steps taken by the government to maintain law and order in the country and across the board for the overall acceptance of the apex court's judgement in this regard.

After the Supreme Court ruled in favour of Hindus in the centuries-old dispute, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hinted at the impending decision on Uniform Civil Code.  Time has come, he said when asked about Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the country. "Aa gaya samay (Time has come)," he told reporters here when asked about the UCC.

Settling a fractious issue that goes back more than a century, the Supreme Court in a verdict on Saturday backed the construction of a Ram temple by a Centre-appointed trust at the disputed site in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya, and ruled that an alternative five-acre plot must be assigned for a mosque in the temple town.

Lawyers for Hindu parties on Saturday said the Supreme Court judgment granting the entire 2.77 acre of disputed land in Ayodhya to deity Ram Lalla has reaffirmed their faith while the Muslim parties voiced dissatisfaction, saying there were lot of contradictions in the verdict.

The apex court 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.

Delivering a unanimous verdict on a case that has long polarised the country and frayed the tapestry of Indian society, a five-judge Constitution Bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said the faith of Hindus that Lord Ram was born at the site was undisputed, and he is symbolically the owner of the land. Gogoi is due to retire on 17 November.

Yet, it is also clear that the destruction of the 16th century three-domed structure by ‘kar sevaks’, who demanded a Ram temple to be built at the site, was a wrong that "must be remedied," the ruling noted.

The judgment said it is “not concerned with faith and belief”, and instead treated the case as a title dispute over land between three parties — the Sunni Muslim Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara, a Hindu group, and the deity of Lord Rama designated as Ram Lalla Virajman.

The judgement running into 1,045 pages was widely welcomed by Hindu politicians and groups, while the Muslim leadership said they will accept the verdict, even though they described it as flawed. Still, they called for peace and calm, and leaders across the political spectrum noted that it was now time to move on.

"Whether it is devotion to Ram or Rahim, now is time for everybody to strengthen devotion to India," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet.

Later, in an address to the nation, Modi said peace, unity and amity are essential for development of India and described 9 November as a day to let go of any bitterness one may have. He said there is no place for fear, bitterness, and negativity in ‘New India’.

The dispute over the site of Babri Masjid, a three-domed mosque built by or at the behest of Moghul emperor Babur, dates back centuries with Hindus contending that the invading Muslim armies had razed an existing Ram temple to erect the mosque.

 SC Final Verdict on Ayodhya Case Updates: Internet services to remain suspended in Jaipur till tomorrow; UP remains peaceful

Police personnel stood guard inside the Supreme Court premises ahead of the court's verdict on Ayodhya land case on Saturday. PTI

However, it turned into a legal dispute in 1885 when a mahant went to court seeking permission to build a canopy outside the mosque. The plea was dismissed. In December 1949, unidentified miscreants spirited an idol of Lord Ram into the mosque. The structure was destroyed by a large mob of kar sevaks on 6 December, 1992.

The demolition triggered nationwide Hindu-Muslim riots, more so in north India and Mumbai, which left hundreds dead. Subsequently, Muslim extremists angered by the demolition and the riots, carried out a series of bombings in Mumbai on 12 March, 1993, which left hundreds dead.

"The dispute is over immovable property. The court does not decide title on the basis of faith or belief but on the basis of evidence," the judgement said, delivered at the end of a marathon 40-day hearing — the second longest in the history of apex court.

"The fact that there lay a temple beneath the destroyed structure has been established by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the underlying structure was not an Islamic structure."

"On the balance of probabilities, there is clear evidence to indicate that the worship by the Hindus in the outer courtyard" has continued unimpeded even before 1857 when the British annexed Oudh region. "The Muslims have offered no evidence to indicate that they were in exclusive possession" of the mosque before 1857, it said. "The faith of the Hindus that Lord Ram was born at the demolished structure is undisputed."

The court also went on to say that the Constitution must ensure that a wrong committed must be remedied.

"Justice would not prevail if the Court were to overlook the entitlement of the Muslims who have been deprived of the structure of the mosque through means which should not have been employed in a secular nation committed to the rule of law."

To remedy that wrong, the court asked the Centre to allot a five-acre plot in a "prominent" location in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh for constructing a new mosque. The disputed 2.77-acre plot will for now remain with a Central government receiver, who will hand it over to a government-created trust that must be set up within three months. The trust will be tasked with the construction of the temple.

The verdict in the politically-sensitive Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case was one of the most important and most anticipated judgments in India's history. The apex court bench that also comprised Justices SA  Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer said that the possession of the disputed 2.77 acre land rights will be handed over to the deity Ram Lalla.

As security was tightened at communally sensitive places across the country, Mohan Bhagwat, the chief of the RSS, which is ruling BJP’s parent organisation, said the verdict should not be seen as anybody's victory or defeat. The building of a Ram temple is a long-held objective of the BJP.

There were no reports of violence or unrest from Ayodhya, where a massive police force was deployed, or any other part of the country.

The verdict was pronounced on 14 appeals filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and 'Ram Lalla'.

The bench said the high court wrongly decided the title suit by resorting to partitioning of the disputed land in three parts. "The disputed site was government land in the revenue records," the court said.

As Gogoi read out the operative part of the verdict for 45 minutes, people belonging to both Hindu and Muslim communities in Ayodhya sat glued before television sets, while the tech-savvy kept a tab on their mobiles phones.

Relief appeared to be the overwhelming emotion in Ayodhya as its residents said the verdict has heralded a new dawn and brought closure to a lingering dispute.

"The judgment has ended the uncertainty on how the dispute would be settled," said Anand Kumar, a resident. At some places, people chanted “Jai Shri Ram” and burst crackers.

Mohammed Sajid, who runs a tailoring shop, said he felt the verdict is “incomplete”, but did not elaborate.

CS Vaidyanathan, lawyer for deity 'Ram Lalla', said the verdict is very balanced and it is a victory of people.

The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board, one of the main litigants, welcomed the Supreme Court verdict and said it has no plans to challenge it.

In his initial reaction soon after the judgement, Board's counsel Zafaryab Jilani had said in Delhi, "The Ayodhya verdict has a lot of contradictions. We will seek a review as we are not satisfied with the verdict."

Talking to PTI on phone later, Jilani, however, clarified he had reacted as the secretary of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and not as the counsel for the Sunni Waqf Board. The Nirmohi Akhara said it has “no regrets" regarding the verdict.

Home Minister Amit Shah appealed to all communities to accept the verdict and maintain peace and remain committed for 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat' while Defence Minister Rajnath Singh urged everyone to take the verdict with equanimity and magnanimity. The Congress said it respects the Supreme Court’s verdict.

Prominent Muslim leaders appealed for peace and harmony even as they expressed surprise.

"I was surprised to see the ruling and it's beyond my understanding. I feel there were enough evidences in favour of the mosque but these were not taken into consideration," said Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, the current Mohtamim (Vice-Chancellor) of the Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Nov 10, 2019 12:45:22 IST