THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As the Supreme Court delivers a verdict on Ayodhya land dispute case Saturday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has appealed to all citizens to maintain peace and unity irrespective of the judgment.
The apex court is scheduled to pronounce its verdict in the communally sensitive case of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya at 10.30 am on Saturday.
A notice regarding the pronouncement of judgement by a Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, was uploaded on the official website of the Supreme Court late Friday evening.
The chief minister reminded the state how peacefully it had reacted to the news of Babri Masjid demolition on December 6, 1992.
"Whatever be the verdict, we all must ensure to show restraint while reacting to it," CM Vijayan wrote on his official Facebook page.
"We upheld the values of our state while peacefully reacting to it demolition. We all must be ready to accept the verdict it in a peaceful manner. All Keralites must show commitment in preserving the secularism and harmony of the country," he added.
The state police department has warned it will take strict action against those who spread messages, through social media, affecting the communal harmony of the state.
“All sorts of accounts across various social media platforms are being closely monitored by the Cyber Cell, Cyberdom and Cyber Police Stations. Those who spread messages, through social media, affecting the communal harmony of the state will be arrested immediately and charged under non-bailable sections," the state police department said in a release.
On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Supreme Court's judgement in the Ayodhya land dispute case should not be viewed as a matter of victory or loss for any community.
On Friday, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi held a meeting with Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari and director general of police Om Prakash Singh to took stock of security arrangements made to maintain law and order in the state.
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 bench, which also comprises justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, had ended the hearing in this case on October 16 at 5 pm and reserved the judgement. On that day, 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.
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