Supreme Court of India

In a historic judgement, the Supreme Court on Saturday directed the Centre to form within three months a trust which will build a temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

In a unanimous judgement, a 5-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said the Sunni Waqf Board, which was a party to the title suit, should be given an alternate land somewhere else to build a mosque.

The disputed land of 2.77 acre has been given to the Hindus.

The Centre will make suitable provisions by handing over the land to the trust, the top court said.

The SC upheld the ASI report, which concluded that a temple existed at the dispute site.

Babri Masjid not constructed on vacant land: SC

There is clear evidence that Hindus believe Lord Ram was born at the disputed site, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said on Saturday, reading the “unanimous” judgement on the Ayodhya title suit in a packed courtroom on Saturday.

There is adequate material in the Archaeological Survey of India report to conclude the following:

“Babri Masjid was not constructed on vacant land. There was a structure underlying the disputed structure.”

“The underlying structure was not an Islamic structure.”

Ram Janmabhoomi not a juristic person, the SC held.

The claim of the Nirmohi Akhara is only of management. Nirmohi Akhara is not a Shabait, the apex court ruled.

He said the court set up under the Constitutional scheme should defer from interfering with faith and belief of worshippers.

The CJI said that secularism is the basic feature of the Constitution and the court should preserve balance.

The mosque built by Mir Baqi was on the order of Babur.

“Idols were placed in the mosque in 1949,” the court read.

Earlier, Gogoi said the Ayodhya Judgment will be an unanimous judgment.

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