New Delhi, A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court, by an unanimous judgment, on Saturday, ruled in favour of the Hindus who sought to build a Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, revered as the birth place of Lord Ram.
Led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, the bench also ruled that Muslims must be compensated with five acres (almost double the disputed land) at a prominent place in Ayodhya. It asked the Centre to formulate a trust with a Board of Trustees within a period of three months for the construction of the Temple and other matters related to it.
‘The sequence of the events as noticed above clearly indicate faith and belief of Hindus that birth place of Lord Ram was in the three-dome structure Mosque which was constructed at the Janamasthan,’ held the apex court.
The bench, also comprising Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, dismissed the Nirmohi Akhara suit on grounds of limitation. It condemned the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992 and said it was a violation of rule of law.
The judgment came on pleas against the 2010 Allahabad High Court trifurcation of the disputed 2.77 acres of land equally among Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhra and Sunni Waqf Board. Hindus had contended that Lord Ram was born where the Babri Masjid stood.They also affirmed that the place has a special significance for the Hindus. The Muslim