By Our Chief Editor : B. R. Abdul Wajid.
“It is a historic judgment. With this judgment, the Supreme Court has given the message of unity in diversity.” ~ B. R. Abdul Wajid
New Delhi : In a historic judgement in the sensitive Ayodhya land dispute case, the Supreme Court directed the Centre to give five acres of suitable land to Sunni Waqf Board which was a party to the last seventy years title suit and at the same time make necessary arrangements for the construction of the temple at the disputed site by forming a trust within three months. A 5-member bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, which also comprised Chief Justice-designate Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said in a unanimous judgement.
While reading out the verdict, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said “Central government shall form in three to four months a scheme for setting up of a trust. They shall make necessary arrangements for the management of trust and construction of the temple.” He also said that the possession of the inner and outer courtyard shall be handed over to the trust. “Suitable plot of land measuring five-acre shall be handed over to Sunni Waqf Board,” said the apex court.
Vishnu Shankar Jain, the advocate representing Hindu Mahasabha today said that “The Supreme Court has said, to give five acres alternate land to Muslims at a prominent place in Ayodhya.” Jain told MEDIA here. “Supreme Court has said that the Centre and state government will have to decide where the land will be located, but it will be at a prominent location in Ayodhya,” he added.
All India Muslim Personal Law Board secretary and lawyer Zafaryab Geelani said Shariya laws do not allow the AIMPLB to handover or gift a mosque to any other party. He, however, said AIMPLB accepts the verdict and will seek legal options to review it. “Land of the mosque and courtyard have been given to the other side. This is unjust,” he said.
PM Narendra Modi appreciated the efforts by all sections of the society towards maintaining a peaceful atmosphere. Ahead of the Supreme Court verdict, PM Narendra Modi tweeted “The Supreme Court’s decision on Ayodhya is coming tomorrow. For the past few months, the matter was being heard continuously in the Supreme Court, the whole country was watching eagerly. During this period, the efforts made by all sections of the society to maintain an atmosphere of goodwill are greatly appreciated,” PM Modi wrote on Twitter. PM Modi also said that it will be important to strengthen the peace in India.
“Whatever decision of the Supreme Court will come on Ayodhya, it will not be a victory or defeat for anyone. My appeal to the countrymen is that it should be the priority of all of us that this decision should further strengthen the great tradition of peace, unity and goodwill of India,” PM Modi wrote on Twitter.
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