NEW DELHI: Indian Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Ram Temple after declaring that Muslims couldn’t prove exclusive possession of land. The verdict was unanimous signed by 5 senior judges. The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, included Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer.
In its historic verdict given after days of continuous hearing on Saturday, the 5 judges bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the court at the beginning of the hearing dismissed plea of Shia Waqf Board against Sunni Board on claim to Babri Masjid.
The Indian Supreme Court declared that the Babri mosque was built by Mir Baqi was not constructed on vacant land but on a Hindu structure, citing report of ASI (Archaeological Survey of India).
Indian Supreme Court declared that demolition of Temple was not established, Title of the land can’t be decided on basis of faith and belief since it was individual’s matter, and can only be decided on legal evidence, adding that although Sunni Waqf Board’s suit was maintainable, but Muslims couldn’t assert the right of adverse possession.
The verdict said there was evidence that Ram Chabutra, Sita Raso were worshipped by Hindus before the British arrive, but there was no cessation of namaz or abandonment of structure by the Muslims, and that while Muslims offered prayers inside the inner courtyard despite obstructions, the same was done by Hindus in the outer courtyard.
The Indian SC declared that documents showed prior to 1857, Hindus were not barred from worshipping in the inner courtyard, and that the railings segregating the outer and inner courtyard were made in 1857.
It declared that desecration of mosque by placing idols in 1949 and the destruction of Babri Mosque in 1992 was in breach of SC order. It also said that Allahabad High Court was wrong in dividing the disputed site into three parts – Ramlalla Virajman, Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara.
Later the Indian Chief Justice, reading out the unanimous verdict, ordered allotment of alternative land to Muslims for setting up of a mosque, and order central government to formulate a scheme in three months to set up a board of trustees for construction of temple at the disputed site.
The Central government of India will hand over the disputed site to the Board of trustees and a suitable alternative plot of land measuring 5 acres at Ayodhya will be given to Sunni Waqf Board, the verdict reads.
Muslims Lawyers Term SC Decision Unfair
Reacting on the Indian SC verdict, lawyer representing All Indian Muslim Personal Law Board Zafaryab Jilani termed the decision as unsatisfactory. Talking to media, he aid ” We respect the verdict but the judgment is not satisfactory. There should be no demonstration of any kind anywhere on it”, adding that they might file a review.
Zafaryab Jilani appreciated SC judges’ remarks about country’s secular fabric and equality in beliefs of various communities, adding that on outer courtyard they (Muslims) had no objection but on inner courtyard it seemed unfair.
He appealed to the Muslim community to maintain peace, stage no protest as they lawyers would see what legal course of action could be adopted.
Meanwhile, Indian government imposed severe restrictions in the entire occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and other parts of the country including Mumbai. There were also reports of suspension of internet services in several areas.
Schools, colleges and other academic institutes remained closed today in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka and Delhi as the Supreme Court of India delivered verdict in Babri Mosque case.
As a precautionary measure, authorities shut down all colleges, colleges, academic institutions from Saturday to Monday in Uttar Pradesh. Authorities in in Delhi also ordered school and colleges to remain shut.
Indian authorities imposed Section 144 of CrPC, which prohibits gathering of more than four people, in entire Goa, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, and Mumbai.
The prohibitory orders will be also be in force in Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal and Bengaluru. As a precautionary measure, Jammu and Kashmir administration has also postponed examinations and declared Saturday as dry day that methodology no sale of liquor will allowed.