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Ayodhya verdict: India's Supreme Court directs centre to form trust in 3 months to build temple

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Filed on November 9, 2019 | Last updated on November 9, 2019 at 10.59 am
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The Centre shall make suitable provisions by handing over the land to the trust.- Alamy Image

The court also said that the title of the land can be decided only on legal advice.

In a historic judgement in the sensitive Ayodhya land dispute case, the Supreme Court on Saturday directed the centre to form within three months a trust which will build a temple at the disputed site.

The Sunni Waqf Board, which was a party to the 7-decade-old title suit, should be given an alternate five-acre land at some other suitable place for construction of a mosque, a 5-member bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said in a unanimous judgement.

The Centre shall make suitable provisions by handing over the land to the trust, said the bench, which also comprised Chief Justice-designate Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud.

The court said the title of the land can be decided only on legal advice.

The top court ruled that the Allahabad High Court verdict of 2010, giving land to the Sunni Waqf Board and Nirmohi Akhara, was wrong.

The Supreme Court, however, said that in the board of trustees, appropriate representation should be accorded to Nirmohi Akhara, even though its suit was dismissed.

The bench upheld the report of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which concluded that a temple existed at the disputed site.

 


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