End of the Ayodhya dispute? Ram temple is confirmed but not the Mosque?

The Supreme Court of India has declared its verdict on the Ayodhya dispute, the most controversial land Ram Janam Bhumi and Babri Masjid. The Supreme Court declared this land for the construction of the Ram Temple while the separate land for the construction of the Mosque shall be given. 

A bench of five judges headed by chief justice Ranjan Gogoi declared the judgment of this controversial and the oldest violence promoting case. According to the judgment, five acres of the land shall be given for the construction of the mosque in any prominent area under Ayodha, Uttar Pradesh. The court has asked the state and the center to manage the land within three months. 

While delivering the verdict, CJI said many things that are helpful for democracy and secularism in India. During declaring the decision, CJI said: ” the land ownership has been decided based on shreds of evidence, not on faith”. 

According to the archeological department, this Babri Masjid was not built on any vacant land in 1528 and there were remains of the temple below the mosque. The department has provided evidence too but didn’t say that the mosque was built on its chest after demolishing the temple. 

 CJI Gogoi said, ‘placing the idols in 1949 in the mosque was a disgrace and demolishing the mosque in 1992 was the violation of the law.’ He also said, ‘expulsion of Muslims from the mosque in 1949 was not under the law.’ 

This case judgment has been declared under the bench of CJI, Ranjan Gogoi and four other judges. The remaining four judges are Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice DY Chandra Chaudh and Justice S Abdul Nazir.

Let’s have a look at some of the key points:

  • The place where the dome of the mosque was existing has now been given to Hindus.
  • The Sunni Waqf Board shall be given a separate five acres of land for the construction of the mosque.
  • Nirmohi Akhada’s claim is dismissed. 
  • Shia Waqf Board claim has been denied by the Supreme Court. (This Shia Waqf Board has also claimed for the land along with the Sunni Waqf Board.) 

The Ayodhya was strictly tightened with security before the court’s final judgment. Securities were also tightened in other parts of the country where there was a bit chance of violence. Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Court was implemented in the Ayodhya. 

Indian National Congress has welcomed this verdict in its statement. Home minister and PM of India have welcomed this judgment and appealed countrymen to maintain peace and Harmony. While, AIMIM chief, Asaduddin Owaisi expressed his resentment on this judgment. Quoting former Chief Justice JS Verma, Owasi said the Supreme Court was “Indeed supreme but not infallible.” He repeated this again and again. 

Sunni Waqf Board lawyer Zafaryab Jilani said the board respected the judgment but wasn’t satisfied with it. “It has a lot of contradictions. We will seek a review,” he said.

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Zishan Ahmad

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