CJI Ranjan Gogoi to meet UP chief secretary, DGP ahead of Ayodhya verdict

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NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi will meet top officials of the Uttar Pradesh government on Friday ahead of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case.


CJI is slated to meet Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Anup Chandra Pandey and the state's Director General of Police (DGP) Om Prakash Singh over preparedness ahead of the verdict in the decades-old Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suitcase which is expected later this month.

In order to maintain law and order, the security arrangements have been beefed up in various parts of the state, especially in Ayodhya district.

Earlier the authorities had been imposed section 144 in Ayodhya district till December 10 in anticipation of the verdict in the matter. The Centre has given state almost 4,000 extra paramilitary personnel in this regard.

Section 144 prohibits an assembly of four or more people and empowers the police to book people for rioting.

The order also restricts drones, unmanned aerial vehicle for filming and shooting inside Ayodhya.

In Uttar Pradesh, the police is conducting mock drills, flag marches and drone surveillance to prepare for any possible fallout of the judgment.

From August to October, the Supreme Court held a day-to-day hearing for 40 days on a batch of petitions challenging Allahabad High Court's order trifurcating the 2.77 acres of the disputed land at Ayodhya into three equal parts to Ram Lalla, Sunni Waqf Board and Nirmohi Akhara.

The hearing was ended on October 16 at 5 pm. The bench, which also comprises justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, had earlier said that the hearing would be concluded on October 17.

On October 16, a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi made it clear that it is hearing the Ayodhya land dispute case for the last 39 days and no more time beyond today will be granted to parties to conclude the hearing in the case.

On March 8, the top court had constituted a three-member committee headed by former apex court judge F M I Kalifulla for exploring the possibility of an amicable settlement to the land dispute case.

Spiritual guru and founder of Art of Living Foundation Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, a renowned mediator, are the other two members of the panel of mediators.

On August 2, the five-judge Constitution bench taken note of the report of the three-member mediation panel, headed by former apex court judge FMI Kalifulla, that the mediation proceedings, which went on for about four months have not resulted in any final settlement.

On August 6, the Supreme Court had commenced hearing in the politically sensitive case of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya after the efforts to arrive at an amicable settlement through mediation have failed.

The bench was hearing appeals against the September 30, 2010 verdict of Allahabad High Court order.

The Allahabad HC in its 2010 verdict had suggested a division of the disputed 2.77 acres of the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid land in Ayodhya-one for each of the parties the Nirmohi Akhara, the Sunni Waqf Board and Ram Lalla.

The Babri Masjid, built by Mughal emperor Babur in 1578 in Ayodhya and it was destroyed by a group of Hindu activists on December 6, 1992, demanding that the mosque was constructed after demolishing a Ram Temple. Since then, several hearings have been held in the Supreme Court to resolve the issue.

A group of Hindu activist claimed that it was a birthplace of ‘Rama’ (Hindu God in ancient history) and the Mughal emperors destroyed the remains of structure to build the mosque, however, the Muslims denied it.

The court hasn’t indicated when the order will be delivered. But, the judgment is expected to be pronounced before November 17, when Gogoi demits from office.

On Thursday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed all the District Magistrates and senior officials to crack down on those trying to disrupt peace and also asked the officials to stay alert and pro-active.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath have also ordered party leaders not to issue provocative statements.

 

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