It’s been 60-long years before this day. And an entire nation is looking forward to what the 3 judges have to say on this day. It is a very sensitive issue presented before the 3 distinguished judges – Justices S.U. Khan, Sudhir Agarwal and D.V. Sharma.
And as the entire nation is waiting for the verdict, here is what the court has decided on;
1. The title suit of the Sunni Wakf Board is dismissed
2. The title suit of Nirmohi Akhara is dismissed
3. The ownership of disputed site to be divided into 3 parts
a. One part of the land goes to the Babri Committee
b. One part goes to Nirmohi Akhara
c. The part under the central dome is Ram janmasthan
4. Status quo to be maintained at the disputed site for 3 months
The division is to be done on the following basis
- The site of the Ramlala idol to Lord Ram
- Nirmohi Akhara gets Sita Rasoi and Ram Chabutara
- The Sunni Wakf Law Board will get the remaining
On this day the court had 4 title suits to decide on the following;
- Ownership of the land
- Whether there was a temple at the site before 1538 D
- Did the idols of Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman exist inside the mosque, or were the idols placed inside on 22 December, 1949?
The other related issues in front of the court was;
1. Whether the demolished structure was a mosque as claimed by the plaintiff Muslim organisations
2. If so, when was it built and by whom — Mughal emperor Babar or his Awadh governor Mir Baqi Tashqandi
3. Was it built on the site of a demolished Hindu temple?
4. Whether Muslims prayed in the Babri mosque from time immemorial
5. Whether they possessed the property openly and continuously from 1528 when it was allegedly built
6. Whether they possessed it till 1949 when they were dispossessed
7. Whether the suit was filed too late
8. Whether the Hindus have earned the right to pray at the site through adverse and continuous possession
9. Whether the plot is Ram’s birthplace
10. Whether Hindus have worshiped the site as Ram’s birthplace from time immemorial
11. Whether the idols and other objects of worship were placed in the structure on the night of December 22-23, 1949, or whether they had been there before.
My impression is that it is a win-win situation for all concerned. For a complete copy of the judgment visit http://www.allahabadhighcourt.in/ayodhyabench.html