Five-judge Constitution Bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoiand Justices Ashok Bhushan, D Y Chandrachud, Sharad Arvind Bobde and SA Nazeer delivered its historic judgement on Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid land dispute case. It unanimously declared that the land belonged to Ram Mandir.
What was the historic judgement?
Chief Justice RajanGogoi led bench ordered that the entire disputed land measuring went to 2.77-acres to Hindus for Ram Mandir but the bench also said that Muslims would get 5-acres of alternate land. The decision was just the opposite of Allahabad High Court verdict of 2010.
What was the Allahabad High Court verdict?
Allahabad High Court on September 30, 2010 ruled that the 2.77-acres of disputed land be divided into three equal parts and given to Hindu Maha Sabha that represents Ram Lalla, Sunni Waqf Board and Nirmohi Akhara. But the High Court admitted that the disputed land was the birthplace of Rama and that the Babri Masjid was built on the ruins of the Hindu temple.
Highlights of the SC ruling
• It is proved that Hindus were in possession of the outer courtyard of disputed site
• UP Sunni Waqf Board failed to establish its case in SC
• Muslims offering Friday prayer at mosque proved that they were in possession the site
• Muslims didn’t abandon Friday payers despite obstructions
• The underlying structure buried under the disputed site wasn’t an Islamic structure
• ASI’s evidence can’t be taken as a mere opinion
• Both the Hindus and Muslims agreed that the disputed site was the birthplace of Lord Ram
• The faith of the Hindus about the site is undisputed
• Sita Rasoi, Ram Chabutra and BhandarGrah stand the testimony to the religious fact of the site
What did Sunni Waqf Board say about the verdict?
Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board’s Zafaryab Jilani said that the decision was dissatisfactory to the community. He further said that the board would consider filing a review petition after getting a copy of the judgement. Also, he appealed to the people to maintain peace and calm.