NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has sought to resolve amicably the decades-old politically sensitive case of Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute by granting the disputed site to the Hindus for construction of Ram Temple and allocation of five acres of land at Ayodhya for the Muslims to build the mosque.
The historic judgement was passed on Saturday by the five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, which included Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer. The judgement was delivered by the five-judge bench unanimously.
The Central government will hand over the disputed site to the Board of trustees and a suitable alternative plot of land measuring five acres at Ayodhya will be given to Sunni Waqf Board. Though the court rejected the appeal of Nirmohi Akhara the bench has directed the government to provide appropriate representation to the body.
The land for building the mosque shall be given to Sunni Waqf Board either by the state or by the Centre. The land will remain vested in statutory receiver till trust is formed. The trust has to be formed within three months. Management of construction of the temple to be monitored by the trust.
The order came on fourteen appeals filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be divided equally among three parties – the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
The bench observed that the Hindus claim for right over the disputed property had justification since their claim that Bhagavan Shri Ram Ramchandra was born at the site where the mosque is situated. The court said that the Sunni Waqf Board had failed to prove their argument that the site belonged to them.
The Waqf Board has accepted the verdict. Representatives of the board said though they are not happy with the verdict, they will accept the verdict of the top court (with inputs from agencies)
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