Ayodhya verdict live: Supreme Court orders Centre to set up a trust for temple construction, allots alternate land for the mosque

Supreme Court’s judgment should be welcomed by everyone, it will be beneficial for social harmony. There should be no further dispute on this issue, that is my appeal to the people – redhunt

11:37 (IST), NOV 09: We respect the judgment but are not satisfied, will decide further course of action: Sunni Waqf Board

11:35 (IST), NOV 09: SC’s verdict on Ayodhya land dispute: Key takeaways

11:35 (IST), NOV 09: The Final order on Ayodhya: Supreme Court clears the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site, directs Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.

11:24 (IST), NOV 09: With the SC directing setting up of the Trust to construct Ram temple at the disputed site, it virtually ousts VHP-backed Ram Janmasthan Nyas from the temple activities.

11:14 (IST), NOV 09: SC appreciates the role of mediators Justice Kalifulla, ace mediator Sriram Panchu and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who came very close to the settlement

11:10 (IST), NOV 09: In the scheme by Board of trustees, appropriate representation be given to Nirmohi Akhara.

11:10 (IST), NOV 09: Centre will hand over the disputed site to the Board of trustees and a suitable alternative plot of land measuring 5 acres at Ayodhya will be given to Sunni Waqf Board.

11:08 (IST), NOV 09: SC says Centre will formulate a scheme in three months to set up a board of trustees for construction of the temple at the disputed structure

11:07 (IST), NOV 09: SC orders allotment of alternative land to Muslims for setting up of a mosque while decreeing the disputed site to a deity

11:06 (IST), NOV 09: Muslims have presented no evidence of exclusive possession prior to 1857. But thereafter they offered namaz there till they were ousted in 1949 through desecration: SC

11:03 (IST), NOV 09: SC says Allahabad HC was wrong in dividing the disputed site into three parts

11:03 (IST), NOV 09: SC says it will give relief in suits filed by Sunni Waqf Board and deity

11:01 (IST), NOV 09: Desecration of the mosque by placing idols in 1949 and demolition is contrary to law: SC

11:01 (IST), NOV 09: Sunni Waqf board failed to make claim on adverse possession over the mosque as it remained a contested site between Hindus and Muslims: SC

11:01 (IST), NOV 09: Destruction of the mosque in 1992 was in breach of SC order, says CJI-led bench

11:00 (IST), NOV 09: For 325 years, from the construction of the mosque till 1857, Muslims have given no evidence of offering prayers at the disputed structure in exclusion of Hindus, it says.

10:58 (IST), NOV 09: But Hindus always believed that the birthplace of Ram was in the inner courtyard of the mosque, says SC

10:58 (IST), NOV 09: But Hindus always believed that the birthplace of Ram was in the inner courtyard of the mosque, says SC

10:57 (IST), NOV 09: But documents show that prior to 1857, Hindus were not barred from worshipping in the inner courtyard. The railings segregating the outer and inner courtyard was made in 1857: SC

10:56 (IST), NOV 09: SC: Though there were obstructions, Muslims continued to offer namaz inside the inner courtyard. So, the Muslims have not abandoned the mosque

10:55 (IST), NOV 09: It is clearly established that while Muslims offered prayers inside the inner courtyard, the same was done by Hindus in the outer courtyard: SC

10:53 (IST), NOV 09: Mere existence of a structure beneath the mosque cannot lead to a title today even if the SC finds that it was a Hindu temple, SC says

10:51 (IST), NOV 09: Act of placing idols inside the central dome in December 22-23, 1949 has been challenged by Sunni Waqf Board. SC says Sunni Board’s suit is maintainable.

10:49 (IST), NOV 09: Accounts of travelers and historians mention the faith of Hindus that the place is the birthplace of Lord Ram. The account of travelers has to be read with circumspection, SC says

10:48 (IST), NOV 09: Whether belief and faith is justified is beyond the ken of judicial scrutiny: SC

10:47 (IST), NOV 09: Faith and belief of Ayodhya being the birthplace of Ram is undisputed so is that of Muslims to worship at the mosque: SC

10:46 (IST), NOV 09: Title of the land can be decided only on legal evidence, SC says

10:45 (IST), NOV 09: Archaeological evidence supports an underlying structure of Hindu origin, it says

10:44 (IST), NOV 09: Archaeological evidence cannot be brushed aside as conjecture and hypothesis. Babri Masjid was not constructed on vacant land but on a Hindu structure: SC

10:42 (IST), NOV 09: ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) credentials are beyond doubt and the findings cannot be neglected, says CJI

10:41 (IST), NOV 09: SC says that the disputed land was the government land in the revenue records

10:40 (IST), NOV 09: Nirmohi Akhara suit is not maintainable and it has no shebait rights (priestly rights), rules SC

10:39 (IST), NOV 09: Idols of deity were placed at the structure in 1949: CJI

10:37 (IST), NOV 09: Places of Worship Act reaffirms the commitment of India to protect the interests of all religious communities, says CJI-led bench

10:36 (IST), NOV 09: It is inappropriate for the court to get into the area of theology, says CJI

10:34 (IST), NOV 09: Babri mosque was built by Mir Baqi, says CJI Gogoi while reading out the unanimous verdict

10:33 (IST), NOV 09: SC dismisses plea of Shia Waqf Board against Sunni Board on a claim to Babri Masjid

10:31 (IST), NOV 09: Judges are signing the judgment copies. Will read out the order shortly

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