Amid Differences, Sunni Board to Discuss Review Petition on 26 Nov
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Amid reports of differences in the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board over the filing of a review petition in the Ayodhya case, Muslim body chairman Zufar Farooqi said members can discuss the issue in their 26 November meeting.
Earlier, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) had said it will file a review petition challenging the Supreme Court's verdict.
The Supreme Court on Saturday directed that Hindus will get the disputed land in Ayodhya subject to conditions. The inner courtyard will be handed over to a Centre-led Trust, and a suitable plot of land measuring five acres shall be given to the Sunni Waqf Board.
- Centre directed to formulate the trust within three months
- The SC unanimously dismissed Nirmohi Akhara’s plea, saying it is not a “shebait”
- The SC bench unanimously dismissed the Shia Waqf Board’s claim to the Babri Masjid
- Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had deployed around 4,000 paramilitary personnel across Uttar Pradesh
Filing Review Petition Against Ayodhya Verdict Not ‘Beneficial’: Mahmood Madani Faction of Jamiat
The Mahmood Madani faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind on Thursday said filing a review petition against the Supreme Court's Ayodhya verdict will not be "beneficial" though it was not averse to parties doing so as they have a "constitutional right".
A national executive meeting of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (Mahmood Madani) was held in New Delhi on Thursday to discuss whether a review petition should be filed or not and whether the 5 acre land for building a mosque in Ayodhya be accepted, a statement by the group said.
"The executive of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (Mahmood Madani) believes filing a review petition against the Ayodhya verdict will not be beneficial to Muslims. However, as different organisations have expressed their will to file the petition, it is their 'constitutional right' and we will not oppose it," it said.
Will Not File Review Petition in Ayodhya Case: UP Sunni Central Waqf Board
The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board on Sunday said that it will not file a review petition in the Ayodhya verdict.
Its chairman Zufar Farooqui told PTI, "All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) may have decided to seek review of the court's judgement in the Ayodhya issue, but the stand of the Sunni Waqf Board of not doing so, remains intact."
"Before the judgement, the AIMPLB was repeatedly saying that it will abide by any judgement of the Supreme Court, then why is an appeal being made now," he asked.
AIMPLB to File Review Petition
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) will file a review petition challenging the Supreme Court's Ayodhya verdict.
"The land of the mosque belongs to Allah and under Sharia law, it cannot be given to anybody," AIMPLB secretary Zafaryab Jilani told reporters after a meeting of the board here.
"The board has also categorically refused to take five-acre land in Ayodhya in lieu of the mosque. The board is of the view that there cannot be any alternative to the mosque," he added.
Ram Naam Bank Announces 'Bonus' for Account Holders
'Account holders' of Ram Naam Bank, where devotees deposit booklets with the name of Lord Ram written in it, will get a special "bonus" in view of the Supreme Court paving the way for construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, PTI reported.
Also, an award will be given to devotees who have written the name of Lord Ram at least 1.25 lakh times by 10 November and deposited in the 'bank'.
AIMPLB Holds Meeting to Decide on Filing Review Plea in SC
AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi and others arrived for the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) meeting on Sunday, 17 November, over the Supreme Court verdict in Ayodhya case in Lucknow, according to ANI.
The AIMPLB on Saturday held a brainstorming session with different Muslim parties whether to go for a review of the top court's judgement.
Zafar Farooqui Remains Firm in Decision to Not Ask for Review of Judgment
Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board chairperson Zafar Farooqui is firm in his decision to not pursue the matter of a review of the judgment.
"There are two reasons for our decision. First, it had been our clear stand from day one that we would abide by the Supreme Court's verdict - whatever it may be. Second, this issue has created a deep divide in our society over the years. Going for a review could have meant vitiating the atmosphere again," Farooqui told NDTV in an interview.
He also said that he could not speak on behalf of other Muslim litigants in the case, adding that each party was free to take its decision and that he could not force his views on other stakeholders such as the All India Muslim Personal Law Board.
Sunni Waqf Board Should Not Accept 5-Acre Plot for Mosque: Jamiat Chief
The Sunni Waqf Board should not accept the 5-acre plot which the Supreme Court in its Ayodhya judgment has directed the Centre to allot for a mosque, head of prominent Muslim body Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (JUEH) Maulana Arshad Madani said on Thursday.
He said the Jamiat had asserted that the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case, based on evidence, will be respected by it.
Maulana Madani, however, said the judgment was "beyond understanding".
Received No Communication from AIMPLB on Reviewing Ayodhya Verdict: Iqbal Ansari
Ahead of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board's meeting to decide whether to seek a review of the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case, the main litigant Iqbal Ansari has said he does not wish to be a party to that and the Board can do whatever it wants.
He also said he has "not received any communication" from the AIMPLB about its meeting.
"I know the Muslim Board (AIMPLB) is holding a meeting on Sunday to take a decision on seeking a review of the Supreme Court judgement. I have not received any communication in this connection," he said, when asked if he has been asked by the Board to be part of this process.
"The Board can do whatever it wants now. I do not wish to be any party to that. I feel the judgement has settled a protracted dispute and the society should acknowledge that," he said.
'5 Acres of Land Must Be Within Acquired Ayodhya Land': Muslim Leaders' Key Demand
The five acres of land to be allocated for building a mosque under the Supreme Court verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute should be within the 67 acres of acquired land in Ayodhya, Iqbal Ansari, a main litigant in the case, and several other local Muslim leaders have demanded.
The central government had acquired the land including the disputed site in 1991.
“If they want to give us the land, they must give us according to our convenience and only in that acquired land of 67 acres. Then we will take it. Otherwise we will reject the offer, as people are saying 'Go out of Chaudah Kos and construct Masjid there'. This is not fair,” said. Ansari said, reported PTI.
Soon after the judgement, Ansari had said on Saturday that he will not file a review plea.
Hindu Mahasabha Seeks Withdrawal of Cases Against 'Karsewaks' Involved in Babri Masjid Demolition
The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha on Tuesday demanded withdrawal of all criminal cases lodged against 'karsewaks' for allegedly demolishing Babri Masjid on 6 December, 1992.
The outfit raised the demand arguing that the Supreme Court too has ruled that a temple existed in place of the mosque.
In a letter to Prime Minister Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ABHM chief Swami Chakrapani also demanded "martyr" status for all Lord Ram devotees killed in 1992 or earlier during the Ayodhya movement.
He also demanded that the government declare other participants in the stir as "dharmik senani' and entitle them to pension and other government privileges.
The letter was also sent to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
"The Supreme Court gave its judgement in favour Shri Ramlalla on November 9, and it has been made clear by the court that a temple existed there. In this regard, I wish to make three demands to you," read the opening line of letter, written by Chakrapani.
200 Popular Front Workers Booked in Kannur for Protesting Against Ayodhya Verdict
Two days after the Supreme Court gave the disputed land in Ayodhya to the Hindu litigants, over 200 Popular Front of India (PFI) workers were booked in Kerala’s Kannur for protesting against the top court’s verdict.
On Monday evening, several workers of PFI, a Muslim political organisation in Kerala, organised a protest in Kannur against the verdict which allowed the building of a Ram temple at the disputed site. They were booked by the Kannur police as they had not received permission from the authorities to stage a protest.
The protesters marched from the Kannur Plaza Bazaar to the railway station around 5 pm on Monday.
UP Police on Constant Alert; Social Media Being Monitored Continuously: UP DGP
The Uttar Pradesh Police is on constant alert mode "as long as required" and also keeping an eye on various social media platforms to quell rumours and fake messages in the wake of the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case, DGP OP Singh told news agency PTI on Tuesday, 12 November.
He told PTI that 70 people have been arrested for rumour- mongering in the state and more than 270 social media accounts reported for further action. The top cop of the state said despite the verdict coming out last week every district is on a "high state of preparedness" and no untoward incident has been reported so far.
Ayodhya Verdict 'All-Inclusive', Should Not Be Seen as Victory or Defeat: Kalyan Singh
BJP leader Kalyan Singh, who was the Uttar Pradesh chief minister when the Babri Masjid was demolished, has hailed the Supreme Court's Ayodhya verdict, saying it was “all-inclusive” and should not be seen as anyone's victory or defeat.
He said the judgment on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute was "all-inclusive" and has been “welcomed by all”.
“It has brought the curtains down on the 500-year-old dispute," Singh said on Monday.
"The verdict should not be taken as a win or defeat. It is a matter of faith for all and there should be no politics over it,” he said.
“The apex court has very wisely not given the rights to the land to an individual," he added.
Centre Starts Constituting Trust for Ram Mandir Construction
The Centre has started the process of setting up a trust, as mandated by the Supreme Court in its Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid verdict, with a team of officers examining the order threadbare, officials said on Monday, 11 November.
Opinions of the Ministry of Law and the attorney general will be taken on how to proceed on setting up the trust that will fix the modalities for construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.
A team of officials has been tasked with studying the apex court order for its technicality and nuances so that the trust can be constituted exactly as per the Supreme Court verdict, an official said, adding consultation process is underway, but no decision has been taken so far.
However, it was not immediately clear whether the Ministry of Home Affairs or the Ministry of Culture will be the nodal body for the Ayodhya Ram temple trust, another official said.
Complaint Against AIMIM Chief Owaisi Over Statement on Ayodhya
An advocate from Patna, Pawan Kumar Yadav has filed a complaint against AIMIM Chairman Asaduddin Owaisi at the Jahangirabad Police Station on charges of giving an inciting statement on the Ayodhya Vedict and going against the Supreme Court.
MP Woman Ends 27-Yr-Long Milk-Fruit Fast After Ayodhya Verdict
An 81-year-old former Sanskrit teacher in Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur having only milk and fruits since 1992 wishing for a resolution to the Ayodhya dispute now plans to resume a regular diet, her son said.
Happy with Saturday's Supreme Court order which paved the way for a Ram Temple in Ayodhya, as well as a mosque on a 5-acre plot, Urmila Chaturvedi wants her kin to write a letter of thanks to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, he said.
Decision on Seeking Review to be Decided in Board Meeting: AIMPLB Counsel Jilani
A lead counsel for the Muslim parties in the Ayodhya land dispute case has said the decision on seeking a review of the verdict would likely be taken in a meeting of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Sunday, 17 November.
In a historic and unanimous verdict, a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had cleared the way for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.
“The decision whether to seek review of the verdict will be taken on 17 November in the meeting of the AIMPLB.”Zafaryab Jilani, Senior Advocate and Counsel to AIMPLB
Jilani was responding to a question whether the Muslim parties were contemplating to seek a review of the verdict in view of the dissatisfaction in certain sections of the community.
Senior SC Judges Hail CJI Gogoi for Ayodhya Verdict
Senior Supreme Court judges have heaped praise on Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi for his handling of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit and delivering the judgment on the fractious issue, reported PTI.
Chief Justice Designate SA Bobde said the CJI "grit, mettle and character" are so strong that it is difficult to get anything wrong passed.
Justice Gogoi, however, declined to comment on the verdict at the programme. "I do not wish to get into any contentious issue. This is not the occasion," he reportedly said.
Malicious FB Posts Land 2 Behind Bars in Noida
Two people were arrested in Noida’s Gautam Buddh Nagar on Sunday, 10 November, for allegedly posting malicious content on social media related to the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case, police said, according to PTI.
One of them was arrested from Shahpur village in Noida, while the other was held from Dankaur in Greater Noida, the police said.
"In the first case, the accused had shared a post on Facebook which could have caused communal discord and hence he was arrested and a case filed against him," a police officer said.
"In the second case, the accused was held around 3:45 pm for a post he shared on Facebook earlier this morning. His post could have triggered religious disharmony and he had had twice shared such posts in October," the official added.
Manoj Tiwari Requests Centre for an International Airport in Ayodhya
Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari demanded construction of an international airport in Ayodhya, saying that it will become the centre of faith for Hindus the world over after the Ram temple is built.
In a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Manoj Tiwari said, “I request you to consider a proposal for construction of an international airport in Ayodhya so that people across the globe can visit,” reported PTI.
Ayodhya Verdict: Malicious FB Posts Lands 2 Behind Bars in Noida, Greater Noida
Two people were arrested in Gautam Buddh Nagar for allegedly posting malicious content on social media related to the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case, police said.
One of them was arrested from Shahpur village in Noida, while the other was held from Dankaur in Greater Noida, the police said.
“In the first case, the accused had shared a post on Facebook which could have caused communal discord and hence he was arrested and a case filed against him,” a police officer said, reported PTI.
J&K Police Chief, Army Commander Discuss Security Situation Post Ayodhya Verdict
Jammu and Kashmir's police chief Dilbag Singh met Army's Northern Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh in Udhampur and discussed the overall security situation in the Union Territory following the Ayodhya verdict, officials said.
The Director General of Police was accompanied by Additional Director General of CRPF Zulfikar Hassan to the meeting, a police spokesman said.
“Overall security situation of the UT was discussed in the light of the Ayodhya judgement (during the meeting),” he said, reported PTI.
Jamiat Gen Secy Calls Ayodhya Verdict 'Unjust'
Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) general secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani expressed “strong disagreement” with the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ayodhya case and claimed the ruling has shaken the faith of the minorities in the judiciary.
He also said the ruling was “unjust” and in “utter disregard” of truth and evidence.
Mahmood Madani's statement came a day after Jamiat president Maulana Arshad Madani said the verdict was not according to the organisation's expectations but asserted that the apex court ruling was “supreme,” reported PTI.
'Take Prompt Action, Build Temple as per Sompura's Design': VHP to Govt
The VHP said the Centre should take swift action on the Supreme Court judgment paving the way for a Ram temple in Ayodhya and demanded the structure be built as per the design prepared by architect Chandrakant Sompura on its request.
Renowned temple architect Sompura was asked to prepare the design in 1989 by then VHP chief Ashok Singhal and it was circulated among devotees across the country, the organisation's working president Alok Kumar told PTI.
“We expect the new temple to be build accordingly,” Kumar added.
'Huge Issue Resolved Smoothly, Proud of My Nation': Shia Cleric Jawad
Shia Cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad at a meet at NSA Ajit Doval's residence in Delhi, earlier today said, “I'm really proud of my nation that such a big issue that was pending since years has been resolved so smoothly. Both Hindus and Muslims have acted very patiently, it is highly commendable,” reported ANI.
SC Referred to Books in Sanskrit, Urdu, Persian, French in Ayodhya Verdict
The Supreme Court referred to books on subjects as diverse as history, culture, archaeology and religion in languages as varied as Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu, Persian, Turkish, French and English in its judgment on the politically and religiously sensitive Ayodhya land dispute, but exercised caution in making deductions saying there were “dangers” in interpreting history.
The apex court bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices S A Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer, perused 533 documentary exhibits, including religious texts, travelogues, archaeological excavation reports, photographs of the site prior to demolition of the mosque and details of artifacts found at the disputed site.
The exhibits also included gazetteers and translations of inscriptions on pillars, reported PTI.
'5-Acre Land to Muslims Must Be Used to Build Hospital': Javed Akhtar
A day after the historic Ayodhya verdict which stated that a five-acre plot of land will be given to the Sunni Waqf Board for constructing a mosque, poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar tweeted that the land should be used for building a hospital instead.
77 Arrested in UP Since Ayodhya Verdict: Police
Since the Supreme Court delivered its verdict on Ayodhya issue on Saturday, the Uttar Pradesh police has arrested 77 people across the state for allegedly trying to vitiate communal harmony in the state through social media posts, reported PTI.
Ayodhya Verdict: 10 Held for Provocative Behaviour in MP
Eight people were arrested in Seoni and two in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh for posting objectionable messages on social media and bursting crackers after Supreme Court's Aypodhya verdict, police said.
In Gwalior, Dinesh Singh Chauhan (27) was arrested on Saturday night after his objectionable Whatsapp post was found by a police team monitoring social media chats, said Bahodapur police station in charge YS Tomar, reported PTI.
Create Schools, Hospitals on 5-Acre Ayodhya Plot: Salim Khan
Veteran screenwriter Salim Khan reacted to Supreme Court's Ayodhya verdict by claiming that Muslims should set up schools and hospitals instead of a mosque on the 5-acre plot given to the community as per the apex court order.
The Supreme Court in a unanimous verdict on Saturday cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.
Khan (83), the writer of legendary movies like ‘Sholay’ and ‘Deewar,’ added it was good the issue had finally ended, reported PTI.
Security of 5 Judges Enhanced as Precautionary Step: Officials
Security of five judges, who delivered the verdict has been enhanced with the deployment of additional troops, barricades and mobile escort teams, officials said.
The enhanced security has been put in place since Saturday, when the judges — Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, CJI-designate SA Bobde and justices Dhananjaya Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer — delivered the verdict in the century-old dispute, reported PTI.
'Interaction Helped Strengthen Spirit of Brotherhood': Religious Leaders on Meeting Doval
After meeting National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, in a joint statement, the religious leaders said, “The interaction helped to strengthen communication between top religious leaders to maintain a spirit of amity and brotherhood amongst all communities,” reported ANI.
“Those attending the meeting were aware of the fact that certain anti-national and hostile elements, both within and outside the country, may attempt to exploit the situation to harm our national interest,” they added.
Sunni Waqf Board Likely to Take Decision on Accepting Land on 26 Nov
The Sunni Central Waqf Board said a decision on whether to accept a 5-acre land for building a mosque in Ayodhya will be taken at its meeting likely on 26 November.
UP Sunni Central Waqf Board Chairman, Zufar Farooqui told PTI that he was getting diverse views on whether to take the land.
“Board's general body meeting is expected on 26 November in which it will be decided whether to take 5-acre land as directed by the Supreme Court or not,” he said.
Assam Student Body to Donate Rs 1 Lakh for Ram Temple's Construction
A Muslim student's body from Assam has announced that it will donate Rs 1 lakh for the construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya.
A youth and student council of indigenous Muslims in Assam, the All Assam Goriya Moriya Yuva Chatra Parishad, made the announcement after the Supreme Court verdict on the matter on Saturday, reported Hindustan Times.
Ayodhya Verdict: AIMPLB Says May Seek Review
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said on Saturday that it was was contemplating to seek a review of the Supreme Court's Ayodhya verdict, even as several leaders and top organisations of the community called for not pursuing the matter any further.
Several top Muslim bodies and clerics also appealed for peace and calm.
Addressing a press conference here, AIMPLB Secretary Zafaryab Jilani said, "We are dissatisfied with certain findings of the Supreme Court.... We respect the Supreme Court verdict and respectfully disagree with certain aspects of it." Jilani said they will study the judgement and may seek a review.
Ayodhya Land Dispute Judgement Is Elaborate: Justice Bobde
Chief Justice-Designate S A Bobde described the historic judgement on the temple-mosque land dispute at Ayodhya as an "elaborate" verdict.
"It is an elaborate judgement," Justice Bobde said.
Situation Normal in Delhi After Ayodhya Verdict, Sensitive Areas Under Vigil
No untoward incident was reported in Delhi following the Supreme Court's Ayodhya verdict, even as police continue to remain alert to deal with any law and order situation, officials said on Saturday.
Ahead of the verdict, the police had issued prohibitory orders and heightened security as precautionary measures. Drones for surveillance were also used in northeast Delhi, which has a few communally sensitive areas.
Senior police officers were assessing the security situation in several areas and women police personnel were also seen patrolling on their scooters in several parts of the city.
In a warning to mischief-mongers, the Delhi Police had said it was keeping a strict vigil on social media.
Many schools remained closed following the Delhi government's advisory late on Friday night.
Appeal to Everyone to Accept This Verdict: Prithviraj Chavan
“I appeal to everyone to accept this verdict and whenever there is a decision, not all parties can be happy. Some parties have the right to appeal further but I want to appeal to all political and religious groups to not make it an issue about their faith. Now we should go back to talking about the real issues like economic slowdown, unemployment and farm crisis,” Prithviraj Chavan said.
MEA Reacts to Pakistan's Comments on Ayodhya Verdict
In response to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s comments on Saturday on the Ayodhya verdict, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that India rejected the “unwarranted and gratuitous comments” made on an internal matter.
"We reject the unwarranted and gratuitous comments made by Pakistan on the judgement of the Supreme Court of India on a civil matter that is completely internal to India. It pertains to the rule of law and equal respect for all faiths, concepts that are not part of their ethos. So, while Pakistan's lack of comprehension is not surprising, their pathological compulsion to comment on our internal affairs with the obvious intent of spreading hatred is condemnable,” Kumar said.
Qureshi on Saturday objected to the timing of the Ayodhya verdict, which coincided with the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor, saying he was "deeply saddened" at the "insensitivity" shown at such a joyous occasion.
"Could it not have waited a few days? I am deeply saddened at the insensitivity shown at such a joyous occasion," Qureshi was quoted as saying by the DawnNewsTV.
"You should have taken part in this happy occasion and not attempted to divert attention. The dispute is a sensitive issue and should not have been made part of this happy day," he said, referring to the opening of the much-awaited Kartarpur corridor.
The foreign minister had said that Muslims are "already under a lot of pressure in India and this decision of the Indian court will further increase pressure on them".
"Moment of Fulfillment for Me": LK Advani
In a statement released post the Ayodhya verdict, LK Advani said that it was a “moment of fulfillment” for him and that he wholeheartedly welcomed the verdict.
“I join all my countrymen in wholeheartedly welcoming the historic judgement delivered by the five-member Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court today in the Ayodhya matter,” the statement released by Advani read.
“It is a moment of fulfillment for me because God Almighty had given me an opportunity to make my own humble contribution to the mass movement, the biggest since India’s Freedom Movement, aimed at the outcome which SC's verdict today has made possible,” Advani said in the statement.
Happy Everyone Has Welcomed Verdict: Adityanath
"I am happy that everyone has welcomed this verdict,” Yogi Adityanath said while addressing the media after the verdict.
PM Modi Addresses Nation Post Ayodhya Verdict
“The whole country wanted the Ayodhya case to be heard daily, which happened and today a verdict has been delivered. This case which was going on for decades has concluded finally,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi also noted that the date of the verdict was 9 November, the same as when Berlin Wall had fallen and also pointed out that the Kartarpur Corridor had also finally opened on the same day.
“The whole world believes that India is the largest democratic country in the world, but today the world has also known how vibrant and strong India's democracy is,” PM Modi said, speaking about the verdict.
PM Modi further said that the way every section of society, of every religion, had welcomed the verdict was proof of India's ancient culture and tradition of social harmony.
Envoys of Different Countries Being Briefed on Ayodhya Verdict
Envoys of different countries are being briefed on the Ayodhya verdict by senior officials of Ministry of External Affairs, ANI reported, quoting sources.
PM Modi to Address Nation at 6 PM Today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing the nation at 6 pm on Saturday evening.
Sunni Central Waqf Board Will Not Be Challenging SC Verdict
The Sunni Central Waqf Board, one of the main litigants in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid case on Saturday welcomed the Supreme Court verdict and said it has no plans to challenge it.
The Board will not be filing a curative petition against the Supreme Court order and will not go in for any any review.
“We welcome and humbly accept the verdict of the Supreme Court. I want to make it clear that UP Sunni Waqf Board will not go for any review of the SC order or file any curative petition,” Farooqui said.
Uddhav Thackeray to Visit Ayodhya on 24 November
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday announced that he would be paying a visit to Ayodhya on 24 November.
Professor Danish Iqbal Hails SC Verdict
Jamia Millia Islamia professor Danish Iqbal called the Supreme Court’s verdict a decision that should have been taken by “any sensible, intelligent Muslim”. Professor Iqbal further went on to say that some Muslims like him had wanted to give the disputed land to Hindus as a gift, in view of larger national interest and thanked the SC for having done that task for them.
MIB Issues Advisory to All Channels, Cable TV Operators to Adhere to Programme Code
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) on Saturday issued an advisory to all channels and cable TV operators to strictly adhere to the Programme Code during discussion, debates and reporting, ANI reported.
Don't Think Any Other Judgment Would Have Been Better: Santosh Hegde
Retired Supreme Court judge N Santosh Hegde on Saturday hailed the Ayodhya verdict, saying any other judgment wouldn't have been better, but cautioned that it's nothing to be celebrated or protested.
It's one of the best verdicts that could have been there under the circumstances, the former Solicitor General of India told PTI.
"Anyway, it's nothing to be celebrated or protested," Hegde, however, said.
“I think the court has found a via media which should satisfy every body. I don't think any other judgment would have been better,” the former Karnataka Lokayukta said.
Top Court Supreme But Not Infallible: AIMIM's Owaisi on Ayodhya Verdict
AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi, reacted to the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya, saying that the top court is “supreme but not infallible.”
“The top court is supreme, but not infallible. I am not satisfied with the order.”Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM Chief
Hope No New Issue Crops up in Name of Religion: NCP on SC Verdict
The NCP on Saturday hoped no new dispute crops up in the country in the name of religion following the Supreme Court verdict on Saturday that cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya.
NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said it had been the position of the party to accept the SC verdict.
"It has been our position right from the beginning that we will accept the supreme court verdict and all should accept it. Hope no new dispute crops up in the country in the name of religion," Malik tweeted.
Malik also urged people to maintain peace and harmony.
In Favour of Constructing Ram Mandir, Congress After SC Verdict
In a press conference, following the Supreme Court verdict, the Congress said that the party was “in favour” of the construction of Ram Mandir.
“We are in favour of the construction of Ram Temple. This judgement not only opened the doors for the temple's construction but also closed the doors for BJP and others to politicise the issue,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.
SC Verdict Salute to Sacrifice of Workers for Ram Mandir: Togadia
The Supreme Court giving Ram Lala's birth land for Ram Temple salute to sacrifice of lakhs of workers, said former VHP chief Praveen Togadia, welcoming the Ayodhya verdict.
Security Beefed Around Delhi's Jama Masjid
In view of the Ayodhya verdict, the security has been beefed up around the Jama Masjid area and parts of Old Delhi, police said on Saturday. Shops were open in the area but the situation remains tense.
Police presence has been increased. Delhi Police's Vajra Van and police personnel in two buses have been stationed outside the mosque to deal with any situation.
Maintain Peace & Harmony, Says BJP's Gadkari, Welcomes Verdict
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh welcomed the Supreme Court verdict on the disputed Ayodhya land and asked everyone to maintain “peace and harmony.”
Ayodhya Verdict: Sunni Board to Decide on Future Course Soon
Sunni Waqf Board Lawyer Zafaryab Jilani said that they “respected” the judgment however they will soon decide the future course of action.
SC Verdict A Message in Unity in Diversity: Hindu Mahasabha Lawyer
Hindu Mahasabha lawyer Varun Kumar Sinha welcomed the “historic judgment”, saying that the SC has given the message of “unity in diversity.”
Lawyers Chant 'Jai Sri Ram' in SC Premises
A group of lawyers raise ‘Jai Sri Ram’ slogans in Supreme Court premises and were later asked to stop by other lawyers.
Ayodhya Verdict: Hindus Get Disputed Land, Alternate Site for Muslims
The Supreme Court directed that Hindus will get the disputed land subject to conditions, The inner courtyard will be handed over to a Centre-led Trust, and a suitable plot of land measuring 5 acre shall be given to Sunni Waqf Board.
According to the Supreme Court judgment, the Centre will formulate a scheme within three months for the same. However, the Court said that the right of Ram Lalla to the disputed property is subject to the maintenance of peace and law and order and tranquility. Furthermore, it ordered the government to take measures for maintaining peace and harmony and law and order
Allahabad HC Was Wrong In Dividing the Disputed Site, Observes SC
Allahabad HC was wrong in dividing the disputed site into three parts, observes the Supreme Court, reading our the unanimous order of the five-judge Bench.
Hindus Have Faith That Lord Ram Was Born Under the Dome, Says SC
The Supreme Court observed that Hindus have “faith and belief” that Lord Ram was born under the dome in Ayodhya and that once the faith was “established”, courts cannot interfere in it.
“Titles can’t be decided on faith and belief but on the claims. Historical accounts indicate the belief of Hindus that Ayodhya was the birthplace of Lord Ram. Once faith is established, courts should defer to it.”CJI Reads Out Verdict
Babri Masjid Was Not Built on Vacant Land, Says SC
The Supreme Court, citing ASI report said that the Babri Masjid wasn't built on a vacant land. It added that there was an underlying structure beneath the mosque and it was “not Islamic in nature.”
Not Fair For Us to Enter Into Theology, Says SC
“Inappropriate for Supreme Court to enter into area of theology, true test is faith and belief of worshippers of mosque,” says apex court bench, reading our the Ayodhya verdict.
Ayodhya Land Dispute: Five-Judge Bench to Start Pronouncement of Verdict
The five-judge bench at Supreme Court is to start pronouncement of Ayodhya verdict.
Ayodhya Land Dispute Lawyers Outside CJI Courtroom
Ram Lalla deity lawyer CS Vaidyanathan (extreme right) in conversation with Dr Rajeev Dhavan, senior lawyer for Sunni Wakf Board, outside the CJI courtroom.
Ayodhya Verdict Expected Shortly, CJI Ranjan Gogoi Arrives in SC
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi arrived in the Supreme Court ahead of the Ayodhya Land Dispute verdict.
Ayodhya Land Dispute Verdict: Amit Shah Holds Meeting With BJP Spokespersons
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Amit Shah holds a meeting of party spokespersons at his residence in Delhi.
Ayodhya Case Verdict: Temporary Jails in All up Districts, Tight Security in Ayodhya
Security has been beefed up in Ayodhya and adjoining areas ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri masjid title suit and the administration is keeping strict vigil in 31 districts of Uttar Pradesh, officials said on Saturday.
The Uttar Pradesh government has created temporary jails in every district while internet services may be banned in some places to check spread of rumours through social media.
The Union Home Ministry is in regular correspondence with the state government and has provided 4,000 central paramilitary personnel for deployment in Uttar Pradesh, a senior official said.
Ayodhya Case: India's Religion Is Its Constitution, Tweets Uma Bharti Ahead of Verdict
Ahead of the SC verdict on Ayodhya land dispute, former Union Minister Uma Bharti tweeted that the Constitution of India is the country’s “universal religion.”
'Have Faith in the Judiciary': Nitin Gadkari
Ahead of the Ayodhya verdict, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari expressed faith in the judiciary.
Gadkari said, "We have full faith in our judiciary. I appeal to all to accept Supreme Court's verdict and maintain peace,” he said
Ayodhya Verdict: Chief Priest of Makeshift Ram Temple Appeal for Peace
Mahant Satyendra Das, chief priest of the makeshift Ram temple in Ayodhya appealed for peace ahead of the Babri Masjid land dispute verdict.
“I appeal to all to respect the Supreme Court verdict and maintain peace. Prime Minister has rightly said that the Ayodhya verdict will not be anyone’s loss or victory,” he said.
Ayodhya Land Dispute Case: Congress to Meet Ahead of SC Verdict
Congress top brass will meet on Saturday morning to discuss the party's strategy in the wake of the Ayodhya verdict by the Supreme Court.
Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said the meeting of the CWC would be held today morning. It was to be held on Sunday earlier."The CWC meeting has been rescheduled to tomorrow 9 November, 09:45 am at 10 Janpath.
CWC members, Permanent Invitees & Special invitees will be attending the meeting," Venugopal tweeted.
Sisodia Says 'Potential Security Concerns', Asks Private Schools to Remain Shut
With the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Ayodhya dispute scheduled for 9 November, Delhi’s Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said that there are “potential security concerns”.
“We are advising all private schools to also remain closed tomorrow,” he said in a tweet.
Amethi Police Tells Journalist to Delete ‘Political Comment’
Responding to journalist Rana Ayyub’s tweet on the Ayodhya verdict, Amethi Police told her to delete it immediately or face legal consequences.
“You have just made a political comment. Delete it immediately, otherwise legal action will be taken against you by Amethi Police,” the official handle of the Amethi Police tweeted.
Ayyub, in her post, had written, “Tomorrow is a big day for India. The Babri Masjid, a monument of faith for Indian Muslims was demolished on 6 Dec 1992 by those in power today. It changed my life and a generation of Muslims who were 'othered' overnight. I hope my country does not disappoint me tomorrow.”
Liquor Shops Closed, Sec 144 Imposed in Bengaluru on Saturday
“We've made the necessary deployments. Section 144 of the CrPC will be imposed in Bengaluru from 7 am to midnight, 12 am,” Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao said.
He added that social media will be strictly monitored and liquor shops will remain closed on Saturday, according to ANI.
Internet Services Suspended in Aligarh Till 12 am Saturday: Dist Magistrate
“We have suspended internet services for 24 hours starting 12 am on 8 November Further decision regarding this will be taken based on the situation,” Aligarh’s District Magistrate Chandra Bhushan Singh said, according to ANI.
He added that security forces have been deployed and all schools, colleges and educational institutions will remain closed for 3 days.
All Govt, Private Schools to Be Closed in Jammu, Delhi Tomorrow
All Government and private schools shall remain closed tomorrow in all districts of Jammu division. Section 144 has also been imposed in all 10 districts of Jammu.
Directorate of School Education (DSE) Jammu stated, “The Exams scheduled for tomorrow, if any, shall stand postponed. Fresh dates for the same shall be notified separately.”
All government and private schools and colleges will be closed in Delhi tomorrow as well.
Ayodhya Verdict: NBSA Issues Guidelines for All News Channels
The News Broadcasting Standards Auhtority (NBSA) has issued a notice for all news channels ahead of the verdict in the Ayodhya land case on Saturday.
It has specifically stated that no footage of the demolition of the Babri Masjid be shown in any news item relating to the issue.
Section 144 Imposed in Bhopal Ahead of Ayodhya Case Judgment
Ahead of the Ayodhya case verdict, Collector and District Magistrate of Bhopal said, “Section 144 (gathering of more than 4 people banned) has been imposed in the district. All private and government schools, colleges will remain closed tomorrow,” reported ANI.
'Whatever the Ayodhya Verdict, It Will Not Be Victory or Defeat for Anyone': PM Modi
Prime Minister Narenrda Modi tweeted, “Whatever decision SC delivers in Ayodhya case, it will not be a victory or defeat of 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.”
He further wrote, “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.”
'Arrangements Being Made for Tomorrow': Mumbai Police
Ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya case, Mumbai Police PRO said, “Mumbai Police is aware of the situation and we are keeping a close watch. Our preparations for tomorrow have begun. Adequate arrangements are being made,” reported ANI.
All UP Schools, Colleges to Remain Closed From 9-11 Nov
All schools, colleges, educational institutions and training centres in Uttar Pradesh to remain closed from 9 November to 11 November, reported ANI.
In Karnataka, MG Hiremath, Deputy Commissioner of Gadag District said, “All schools and colleges to remain closed tomorrow as a precautionary measure, ahead of Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case.”
SC to Pronounce Its Verdict in Ayodhya Land Dispute Tomorrow
The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce tomorrow its verdict in the politically sensitive case of Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya.
The apex court likely to pronounce judgment at 10:30 am in the morning, reported PTI.
Hours before the notice, the CJI in the pre-noon held a meeting with Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari and DGP Om Prakash Singh who apprised him about the security arrangements made to maintain law and order in the state.
Centre Asks States to Remain Alert Ahead of SC Verdict
The Centre has asked all states to remain alert ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute and ensure security in sensitive areas, officials said on Thursday, reported PTI.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has also dispatched around 4,000 paramilitary personnel for security deployment in Uttar Pradesh, particularly in Ayodhya.
RPF Issues Advisory, Cancels Leaves of Personnel; Tightens Security at Stations
The railway police on Thursday issued a seven-page advisory to all its zones giving them a slew of instructions on security preparedness ahead of the much-awaited Supreme Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case, sources said.
The advisory from the RPF has also said that leaves of all its personnel have been cancelled and they have been instructed to be engaged in escorting trains, reported PTI.
Ayodhya Verdict: Don't Get Swayed by Rumours, Gehlot Appeals to People
Ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday appealed to the people of the state to not get swayed by rumours.
Stressing that the apex court's decision will be paramount, Gehlot said he was in constant touch with senior officials to maintain peace and tranquility in the state.
“The decision of the judiciary is paramount. I would like to urge the public that people should not indulge in any provocation and social harmony should not be disturbed,” Gehlot told reporters in Jaipur, reported PTI.
On Wednesday night, the chief minister met top officials of the state to take stock of the security situation and asked the police to maintain strict vigil.
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