New Delhi: The disputed land in Ayodhya will be given to a government-run trust for the building of a temple and a five-acre plot at a “prominent site” will be given for a mosque, the Supreme Court announced today in a landmark verdict in a religious and political flashpoint that has cast a shadow on the country for decades.
A five-judge constitution bench delivered a unanimous verdict. The verdict comes after a century-old legal wrangle over a piece of land in Ayodhya where the 16th century Babri mosque stood before it was razed by Hindu activists who believe it is the birthplace of Lord Ram.
The mosque demolition was a violation of the law, the court said. The deity Ram Lalla, or infant Ram, one of the litigants of the case, has been given the ownership of the 2.77-acre disputed land.
“The right of Ram Lalla to the disputed property is subject to the maintenance of peace and law and order and tranquility,” the court said. —- Agencies