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Set up a trust to build a temple and allot 5 acres of land for the mosque: Supreme Court to Centre

The historical verdict of the 70-years dispute of Babri Masjid and birth-place of Lord Rama is now out. The SC has ordered the Centre to set up a trust to build a temple, as well as allot alternative five acres of land for the construction of a mosque. The decision was taken unanimously by 5-membered bench of judges, headed by CJI Gogoi.

The apex court has ordered the Centre to formulate a scheme in three months to set up a board of trustees for construction of a temple on the 2.77-acres of the disputed land. It has also ordered to allot the 5-acres of land to Sunni Waqf Board for a mosque. The court also said that the destruction of the mosque in 1992 happened in breach of SC orders. The desecration of the mosque by placing idols in 1949 and its demolition was contrary to the law, it added.

The Supreme Court (SC) also appreciated the efforts of the mediators in the Ayodhya mediation panel and said that they came very close to a “settlement”. A panel of mediators led by justice FMI Khalifullah had failed to reach a consensus in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case. The inability of the panel to reach a consensus was followed by the Supreme Court convening a day-to-day hearing of the case and concluding the hearing procedure in 40 days.

In September 2010, the Allahabad High Court upheld the Hindu claim that the mosque was built on the spot believed to be Rama’s birthplace and awarded the site of the central dome for the construction of a Rama temple. Muslims were also awarded one-third area of the site for the construction of a mosque. The decision was subsequently appealed by all parties to the Supreme Court, wherein a five-judge bench heard a title suite from August to October 2019.

Mumbai, Bengaluru and many other cities levied Section 144 as a precaution when the Supreme Court announced the verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title case in Ayodhya. Delhi Police also issued prohibitory orders across the capital. The Himachal Pradesh police have issued a warning against the circulation of fake news in the wake of the Supreme Court’s verdict. Strict penal action will be taken against those who indulge in the circulation of fake news, morphed pictures, doctored videos or any inflammatory material, said Solan Superintendent of Police Madhusudan Sharma in a statement on Saturday morning.

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Written by Sugat Srivastava

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