Lucknow: The three-judge special Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court ruled by majority that the disputed land in Ayodhya be divided into three parts and be distributed among the Sunni Wafk Board, Nirmohi Akhara and the party for 'Ram Lalla'. The High Court ruled that the land on which the idol of Lord Rama was installed belonged to the Hindus and part of the land under the central dome of Babri Masjid was the Ram Janamsthan which will go to the Hindus.
The bench comprising of Justice Sibghat Ullah Khan, Justice Sudhir Agrawal and Justice Dharam Veer Sharma delivered the verdict at 3:30 PM in Lucknow.
The majority judgment proved that the land where Lord Ram's idol is placed is his place of birth. Justice Khan and Justice Agarwal have told that the land would be divided into three parts. The area where Lord Ram's idol is placed will be given to Hindus, the other one third will be given to Muslims and the remaining one third of land will be given to Nirmohi Akhara.
Justice Khan has also ruled that Lord Ram's idol will not be displaced from its location when the division will take place.
Details of the judgement: 1) The disputed site is the birthplace of Lord Ram. Place of birth is a juristic person and is a deity. It is personified as the spirit of divine worshipped as birth place of Ram as a child.
2) It is established that the property in suit is the site of Janm Bhumi of Ram and Hindus in general had the right to worship. It is also established that Hindus have been worshipping the place in dispute as birthplace and visiting it as a sacred place of worship since time immemorial. It is also proved that the outer courtyard was in exclusive possession of Hindus and they were worshipping throughout and in the inner courtyard. It is also established that the disputed structure cannot be treated as a mosque as it came into existence against the tenets of Islam.
Senior lawyers Ravi Shankar Prasad and KN Bhatt said that bench ruled that status quo would be maintained at the disputed site in Ayodhya for the next three months.
According to Bhatt, who represented the party on behalf of 'Ram Lalla', Justice DV Sharma decreed the title suit in favour of Hindus.
The High Court also dismissed the petition by Sunni Wakf Board and the Nirmohi Akhara and said that the mosque was built after demolishing a temple. Justice Khan ruled that the disputed land belonged to both the Hindus and Muslims.
The verdict was pronounced after all the litigants reached Court No. 21 of the Lucknow bench.
Barricades were erected about 200 metres from the court room and no one other than those connected with the case was allowed anywhere near the court room.
- Gist of judgment: Justice Dharam Veer Sharma
- Gist of judgment: Justice S U Khan
- Gist of judgment: Justice Sudhir Agarwal