The SC has to rule on appeals against the verdict of the Allahabad HC which ordered a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres between the Nirmohi Akhara sect, the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board and Ramlalla Virajman.
“The AIMPLB expresses optimism that the honourable Supreme Court will pronounce a judgment in favour of the Muslim cause, which will be based on right, fairplay and justice.... It is a test case for basic values of secularism enshrined in our Constitution, AIMPLB stated”
On Wednesday, a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi reserved its order on the mediation issue saying it was “looking at hearts, minds and healing if possible”, and that a “negotiated settlement” was the “best way to restore peace”.
In a statement made in Rajya Sabha on March 14, 2002, the late A B Vajpayee had made clear that his government is the statutory receiver of the land and “is duty bound to maintain the status quo at the disputed site in Ayodhya”.
The Centre on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court asking that it be allowed to had over the non-disputed land acquired around the disputed site to its original owners. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath welcomed the Centre's move.