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.
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?
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
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.
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.”
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
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.
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
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
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
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)
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.”
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I thank everyone for accepting the verdict with positivity: Yogi Adityanath
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath stated Saturday that he is thankful to the people of Uttar Pradesh as well as the entire nation for accepting the Ayodhya verdict with a positive outlook.
मुख्यमंत्री बनने के बाद जब मैं पहली बार अयोध्या गया तो मुझे अयोध्या की उपेक्षा वैसी ही दिखी जैसे प्रभु श्री राम जी का वनवास।आज के फैसले को जिस सकारात्मक भाव के साथ उ.प्र. और देशवासियों ने लिया उसके लिए मैं सबका ह्रदय से धन्यवाद एवं अभिनंदन करता हूं: #UPCM श्री @myogiadityanath जी pic.twitter.com/m9DMJFL7pz— CM Office, GoUP (@CMOfficeUP) November 9, 2019
Ayodhya verdict will shape political and social landscape of India: US media
The Supreme Court's judgement in the Ayodhya case will shape the political and social landscape of India, the US media reported on Saturday, noting the steps taken by the Indian government to maintain law and order in the country after the verdict. For all the case's historical origins, “its judgment will help shape India's political and social landscape,” The Wall Street Journal, which has been following the case closely, said in a news dispatch from New Delhi.
Most of the mainstream American media, which reported about the verdict, underscored that the ruling by the five-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi was unanimous. It also noted the steps taken by the government to maintain law and order in the country and across the board for overall acceptance of the apex court's judgement in this regard.
Indian-Americans laud Supreme Court's verdict on Ayodhya case
The Indian-American community on Saturday lauded the Supreme Court's historic verdict in the Ayodhya case, saying the decision in the decades-old land dispute is equally a victory for both Hindus and Muslims. "The ruling by the Indian Supreme Court is equally a victory for Hindus and Muslims, as it is for archeologists, historians, and the Indian legal system," the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) said in a statement. (PTI)
No untoward incidents in Telangana
No untoward incidents were reported in Telangana and the situation remained peaceful on Saturday in the aftermath of the Supreme Courts verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case, police said. Security was beefed up in all sensitive areas of the state by deploying additional forces to prevent any untoward incidents ahead of the verdict and all necessary measures were made to maintain peace and law and order, they said.
No untoward incident reported from anywhere in Pb, says DGP
No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in Punjab after the Supreme Court announced its verdict in the Ayodhya case on Saturday, state DGP Dinkar Gupta said. "The situation is peaceful, no untoward incident has been reported from anywhere," the Punjab director general of police told PTI. "We are taking required precautionary measures. We have talked to leaders of various faiths," he added.
Lamps lit at MP BJP headquarters after Ayodhya verdict
Deendayal Parisar, the BJP's headquarters in Madhya Pradesh, was decorated with earthen lamps on Saturday to "express gratitude" following the Supreme Court's Ayodhya verdict. "These diyas have been lit to express gratitude to the workers, leaders and saints who worked for the legal solution of the Ayodhya dispute. This is also to pray for peace and harmony in society," said MP BJP spokesperson Rajnish Agrawal. (PTI)
L K Advani on Ayodhya Verdict
I join all my countrymen in wholeheartedly welcoming the historic judgement delivered by the five-member Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court today in the Ayodhya matter.
UP CM Adityanath addresses media on Ayodhya Verdict
After PM Modi's address to the nation, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a press conference congratulated all Indians on the verdict and said it will forward the policy of one India. he further said that he is glad that the entire country has accepted the verdict. He also said that Ayodhya will once again represent India and UP globally.
Tripura Waqf Board chief on Ayodhya Verdict
We hope the apex court verdict will be accepted and honoured throughout the country. Considering everything, the Court has tried to attend to all sides. If anyone has any submission, they can further submit before the Supreme Court: Baharul Islam Majumder
Muslim League welcomes Ayodhya verdict, calls for self-restraint
Welcoming the Supreme Court’s judgment in the decades-old vexed Ayodhya case, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), the most significant Muslim political party in the country, dissuaded people from engaging in violence. “We respect the verdict of the Supreme Court. People must not engage in violence. They must exercise self-restraint,” Panakkad Sayed Hyderali Shihab Thangal, state president of IUML, told indianexpress.com.
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Follow LIVE: PM to address the nation soon
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 5 pm on Saturday following the unanimous verdict of the Supreme Court in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit, where it ruled that the 2.77 acres of disputed land in Ayodhya would be handed over to a trust for the construction of a Ram Mandir.
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Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid on Ayodhya Verdict
We have always maintained that we will accept the verdict of the Supreme Court. I hope the country will move towards development. As far as filing a review petition is concerned, I don't agree with it: Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid
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PM Modi to address the nation at 5 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 5 PM. The address comes in the backdrop of Ayodhya verdict and the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor.
Uddhav Thackeray to go to Ayodhya on November 24
Today's day will be written in golden letters in the history of India. Everyone has accepted the verdict. I will be going to Ayodhya on 24 November. This is a red-letter day in the country's history. I remember Bal Thackeray, Ashok Singhal on this day: Uddhav Thackeray on Ayodhya Verdict
Verdict should not be analysed as anybody's victory or defeat: Fadnavis
Maharashtra care taker chief minister Devendra Fadnavis welcomed the supreme court verdict on Ram temple at Ayodhya. Addressing media at BJP headquarters in Mumbai he said the verdict should not be analysed as anybody's victory or defeat. Instead , it will unite and strengthen all democratic values. It restores Bharatiya Asmita. Saab ka saath , saab ka vikas taking people towards greater nation building for New India. I thank people for restoring peace and normalcy in Mumbai and across Maharashtra.
Watch | Key highlights of Ayodhya Verdict by SC
Delivering the #AyodhyaVerdict, the SC unanimously handed over the disputed land to the Ram Temple trust and said that the Sunni Wakf Board will be granted 5 acres of land in “suitable, prominent place in Ayodhya”.— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) November 9, 2019
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Truth and justice prevailed: Bhagwat on Ayodhaya verdict
Hailing the Supreme Court judgment on the Ayodhaya issue, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday asserted "truth and justice" have prevailed and stated that the verdict should not be seen as anybody's victory or defeat. Addressing a press conference at the Sangh's central office here in Jhandewala, Bhagwat said,"We welcome this decision of the Supreme Court. This case was going on for decades and it has reached the right conclusion. This should not be seen as a win or loss. We also welcome everyone's efforts to maintain peace and harmony in society."
Everyone should respect the Supreme Court verdict: Rahul Gandhi
Everyone should respect the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute and maintain harmony, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday while noting that this is the time to promote brotherhood, trust and love for all in the country. "The Supreme Court has pronounced its verdict on the Ayodhya issue. While honouring this decision of the court, we all should maintain mutual harmony. This is a time for brotherhood, trust and love among us all Indians," he said.
सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने अयोध्या मुद्दे पर अपना फैसला सुना दिया है। कोर्ट के इस फैसले का सम्मान करते हुए हम सब को आपसी सद्भाव बनाए रखना है। ये वक्त हम सभी भारतीयों के बीच बन्धुत्व,विश्वास और प्रेम का है।— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 9, 2019
Delhi Police uses drones to carry out surveillance
Drones are being used to carry out surveillance in parts of the national capital in view of the Supreme Court verdict in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute, case officials said. Drone surveillance, meeting with public and area patrolling were conducted in several parts of the city including areas of northeast Delhi, they said. Prohibitory orders have been issued across the national capital to maintain public order, police said.