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Ayodhya verdict LIVE UPDATES: Supreme Court gives disputed land to new trust, mosque on alternate land

Ayodhya Verdict, Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid Case Supreme Court Verdict Today LIVE UPDATES: The Centre has been asked to frame a scheme under which the inner and outer courtyard will be given to the Ramjanmabhoomi Trust in three months.

Written by Ananthakrishnan G | New Delhi | Updated: November 10, 2019 2:14:43 pm
A group photo of the five-judge bench comprised of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi (C) flanked by (L-R) Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, Justice S Abdul Nazeer after delivering the verdict on Ayodhya land case, at Supreme Court in New Delhi. (PTI)

Ayodhya Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid Case Verdict LIVE News Updates: In a unanimous judgment, a five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court Saturday allotted the disputed Ayodhya land to a new Trust. It ordered the allotment of an alternative piece of five acres of land to the Muslims for a mosque.

The Bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, said the Hindu litigants were able to establish their case that they were in possession of the outer courtyard. It added that the Muslim side was unable to prove their exclusive possession of the inner courtyard.

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The apex court has directed the Centre to frame a scheme under which it will constitute a body within three months to hand over the inner and outer courtyard to the new trust. It said the Sunni Wakf Board would be granted five acres of land in a “suitable, prominent place in Ayodhya”.

Read | Explained | Short history of an old Sangh Parivar demand | Why Hindus won claim over both the outer and inner courtyard | Why SC rejected the Allahabad HC judgment | What is adverse possession, the Muslim claim SC rejected?

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Ayodhya Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case Supreme Court verdict today live updates: Bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi gives Hindus disputed land; Muslims get alternative land for mosque. Read latest news in Bangla, Malayalam, Tamil

14:14 (IST)10 Nov 2019
A day after Ayodhya verdict, internet services in Aligarh have resumed

Internet services resume in Aligarh, 24 hours after the Supreme Court pronounced the Ayodha Verdict. However, security has been beefed up as Barawafat (Eid-e-Milaad) processions commence.

12:45 (IST)10 Nov 2019
After Ayodhya verdict, in Mumbai: Roads deserted, business slow as security upped in areas that witnessed riots in 1993

The usually bustling Bhendi Bazar market wore a deserted look Saturday with fewer people on the streets. Even as some anticipated communal tension following the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute case, shops and establishments in the alleys of market lifted their shutters to indicate that it was “business as usual”. Khalid Hakim, owner of Noor Mohammadi shop, said he had opened the eatery at 6 am. “There was not a single customer in the morning when we opened for breakfast. Business has been very slow throughout the day.”

12:20 (IST)10 Nov 2019
Happy lived to see Ayodhya verdict: Dalit who laid the first brick

“IT IS a historic verdict. It has sent out a message of peace and camaraderie to the world,” said Kameshwar Choupal, the Dalit VHP leader who laid the first foundation stone for the proposed Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya in November 1989 — three years before the demolition of the Babri Masjid. “We have nothing against the Supreme Court giving five acres for a mosque. We were only interested in the land for Ram Lalla Virajman… The verdict has come after 30 years but I am happy it came in my lifetime,” says the 65-year-old former BJP MLC who unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Supaul. Read more

12:05 (IST)10 Nov 2019
RSS chief Bhagwat welcomes Ayodhya verdict, says Sangh’s role over, up to govt now

The RSS on Saturday welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court granting the disputed land in Ayodhya to Hindus, but avoided spelling out its stand on the award of five acres to Muslims for a mosque in the temple town. Addressing the media after the Supreme Court delivered its verdict on the Ayodhya temple-mosque title suit, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said the matter was now with the government and that the RSS wanted it to take initiatives that would resolve all disputes. He said the question of the allotment of land to Muslims would be dealt with once the process of implementation of the court order began. 

11:40 (IST)10 Nov 2019
Ayodhya verdict: Full house inside — and outside — Supreme Court

Around 8 am, in the lush lawn outside the Supreme Court, an advocate from the Nirmohi Akhara had already taken his place in front of television cameras. “It is a 150-year-old fight, an ancient fight,” he told mediapersons. “At the end of this, the nation will win.” Over two hours before the Ayodhya verdict was announced, the lawn outside the country’s top court had become a venue for hectic conversations and speculation. Read full story

11:09 (IST)10 Nov 2019
Out of limelight, LK Advani welcomes Ayodhya verdict, says his stand ‘vindicated’

THE most prominent face of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, L K Advani remained out of limelight on Saturday, not venturing out of his house and waiting till the evening to issue a statement saying the Supreme Court order had “vindicated” his stand. Among the first visitors to the 30, Prithviraj Road, residence of the BJP veteran, who turned 92 on Friday, was Uma Bharti, who came some time after noon. Also a prominent figure in the temple movement, she is accused along with Advani in the Babri demolition case. Read more

09:56 (IST)10 Nov 2019
Opinion | Ram’s political triumph

The birth of the Ramayana, as we know it, is in an act of grief. A nishada hunter strikes down the male of a pair of krauncha birds. The unslain female bird utters a mournful cry. Unable to bear the separation, she too dies. This primal scene of crime, and the anguish it generates, prompts Valmiki to compose the Ramayana. But the deep sorrow of that crime haunts the story. Ram has his triumphal moments — vanquishing Ravana, establishing Ram Rajya. Ram always sides with duty, some exalted high ideal that makes his own desires irrelevant. That is his greatness. But there is also no escaping the fact that Ram himself never finds inner repose, writes Pratap Bhanu Mehta. Read the opinion

09:04 (IST)10 Nov 2019
Following Ayodhya verdict, Internet services to be suspended till tomorrow in Jaipur

Jaipur Commissionerate has ordered for the suspension of internet services to be extended till tomorrow following the Ayodhya verdict. (ANI)

09:00 (IST)10 Nov 2019
Ayodhya verdict should be accepted by all: SP and BSP

Both the Samajwadi Party and BSP on Saturday said that the Supreme Court’s verdict paving the way for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya should be accepted by all. Calling the verdict “historic”, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, said, “The verdict in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri mosque issue will be remembered as a historic decision in the history of India. In 1986, Samajwadis had presented their side that the issue should be resolved by the two sides through talks and the court’s decision in connection with the case should be accepted. As the issue could not be resolved through talks, the Supreme Court had to give a decision. As per the Constitution, accepting the Supreme Court decision is mandatory… Even this decision will be accepted by all.”

08:37 (IST)10 Nov 2019
24 mentions of ‘secular’ in Ayodhya verdict that underlines tolerance

In trying to find a solution for a dispute between two religions claiming exclusive rights of worship over a piece of land, the Supreme Court emphasised on the secular and inclusive character of the nation and the Constitution several times. Though the word ‘secular’ appears just 24 times in the over thousand-page judgment, it underlines the importance of the principle.  Read more

08:12 (IST)10 Nov 2019
Ayodhya verdict: Sunni board says won’t go for review; Muslim parties cold to five-acre offer

AS THE All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) contemplates a review of the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya and whether to accept the five acres offered for a mosque in lieu of the disputed plot, there were differing voices within the community on the way forward. Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board chairman Zufar Farooqui said the board, one of the main litigants in the case, would not file a review petition. “The board will not go in for any review of the apex court’s order or file any curative petition,” Farooqui said at a press conference in Lucknow, adding that “it would not look good” if any of the Muslim litigants do not accept the verdict. Read the full story

07:22 (IST)10 Nov 2019
Ayodhya verdict: From backroom boy to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s mandir journey

Since his first brush with Ayodhya three decades ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political life has been enmeshed with the issue. Now, with the Supreme Court delivering its verdict on the decades-long dispute, Modi is heading the government that will oversee the construction of the Ram temple there. The BJP organisation man who coordinated a part of the first leg of the movement, is today the PM who, after the apex court verdict, urged the nation to build a new India without bitterness. READ MORE

07:21 (IST)10 Nov 2019
Explained: Why Hindus won claim over both the outer and inner courtyard at disputed site

The Supreme Court has said that Hindus have established “a clear case of a possessory title” to the outside courtyard by virtue of “long, continued and unimpeded worship” at the Ram Chabutra and other objects of religious significance.

It has said that according to the Hindu witnesses, the Hindus used to offer prayer to the Kasauti stone pillars placed inside the mosque. “Muslim witnesses have acknowledged the presence of symbols of Hindu religious significance both inside and outside the mosque,” the SC has said. READ MORE

07:07 (IST)10 Nov 2019
Explained: Why Hindus won claim over both the outer and inner courtyard at disputed site

The Supreme Court has said that Hindus have established “a clear case of a possessory title” to the outside courtyard by virtue of “long, continued and unimpeded worship” at the Ram Chabutra and other objects of religious significance. It has said that according to the Hindu witnesses, the Hindus used to offer prayer to the Kasauti stone pillars placed inside the mosque. “Muslim witnesses have acknowledged the presence of symbols of Hindu religious significance both inside and outside the mosque,” the SC has said. Importantly, the SC points out that entry into the three-domed structure “was possible only by seeking access through either of the two doors on the eastern and northern sides of the outer courtyard which were under the control of the Hindu devotees”. READ MORE

07:00 (IST)10 Nov 2019
No Kashi, Mathura in near future: New Party-Parivar consensus

“Ayodhya toh bas jhanki hai, Kashi Mathura baaki hai (Ayodhya is a preview, Kashi and Mathura are next in line),” was the BJP and VHP’s war cry of the early ’90s at the peak of the Ram Temple movement leading up to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992. After today’s verdict that clears the way for a Ram temple at the site, sources in the Sangh Parivar said, this won’t be invoked. At least, for now. READ MORE

06:58 (IST)10 Nov 2019
Ayodhya verdict | At Ground Zero, sigh of relief: bawal khatam hua

THERE WAS some fear and some hope. But after the Supreme Court delivered its verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit, the mood in Ayodhya was that of relief. “I cannot speak on behalf of others but for me, the case is closed,” Iqbal Ansari, who is one of the litigants in the case, told The Indian Express. “Accha hai, bawal khatam hua (It’s good that the issue has been resolved),” said Altaf Ansari, the young nephew of Iqbal Ansari. At Ground Zero of the decades-old case, the day began with business as usual: Pilgrims started arriving at the makeshift Ramlalla temple and Hanuman Garhi, shops selling puja material opened on time, and the local priests were busy preparing for daily pujas. READ MORE

06:56 (IST)10 Nov 2019
Ayodhya verdict: How the scales tilted in favour of temple parties

Reliance on records of European travellers, lack of evidence from the Muslim side to prove continuous, uninterrupted and exclusive possession prior to 1856, treating the outer and inner courtyard of the disputed structure as one unit in a significant departure from the Allahabad High Court verdict — a combination of these factors tilted the Constitution Bench verdict in the Ayodhya title dispute against the Muslim side. READ MORE

06:31 (IST)10 Nov 2019
Ayodhya verdict: Differing voices within Muslim community

AS THE All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) contemplates a review of the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya and whether to accept the five acres offered for a mosque in lieu of the disputed plot, there were differing voices within the community on the way forward. Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board chairman Zufar Farooqui said the board, one of the main litigants in the case, would not file a review petition. The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), which had split in 1992 over a “moderate” stand on the issue, also said it respected the judgment. The AIMPLB, however, expressed “grave dissatisfaction”, calling the verdict “neither equity nor justice”. READ MORE

06:27 (IST)10 Nov 2019
Rebuilding Babri Masjid to welcoming Ram temple, how Cong re-calibrates

Minutes after the Supreme Court delivered its verdict on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit case, the Congress said Saturday it respects the decision and declared it was in favour of construction of a Ram temple. There was no mention of Babri Masjid, the rebuilding of which then Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao had publicly committed to in 1993 — or the fact that one side had several questions about the verdict. READ MORE

00:05 (IST)10 Nov 2019
Muslim bodies across Gujarat cancel Sunday’s Eid-e-Milad processions

The annual procession during Eid-e-Milad, falling on November 10 this year, has been cancelled in Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara by members of the Sirat-un-Nabi committees of the respective cities Saturday afternoon. The decision was taken as a precautionary measure in view of the Ayodhya verdict given by the Supreme Court. READ MORE

ayodhya, ayodhya case, ayodhya row, ram temple in ayodhya, ram temple row, rss on ram temple construction, construction of ram temple, ayodhya news, indian express Supreme Court Ayodhya-Ram temple verdict LIVE UPDATES: RSS and BJP leaders have reached out to the Muslim community. (File Photo)

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With the Supreme Court set to rule on the disputed Ayodhya site, RSS and BJP leaders reached out to the Muslim community Tuesday, urging its leaders and clerics to remain in touch with local Sangh leaders to keep communication channels open to avoid any “misunderstanding” or threat to the spirit of “peace, unity and brotherhood” among communities.

The BJP has issued a code of conduct for its leaders and cadre to avoid inflammatory or provocative statements after the Supreme Court passes a verdict in the Ayodhya case. The party has held region-wise meetings to warn its leaders that no one should make any statement on the judgment day until comments from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah come out.

Read | Ayodhya hearing: Key arguments and Supreme Court’s observations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said, “According the highest respect to the judiciary, various sections of society, social and cultural organisations and all parties have put in efforts in the last few days to maintain amity and positive atmosphere. This is very welcome. We have to maintain amity even after the verdict is delivered.”

“Whatever be the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya, it will not be anyone’s loss or victory. My appeal to countrymen is that it should be our priority that the verdict strengthens India’s great tradition of peace, unity and amity,” he said.

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