Fate of Babri Masjid-Ram Temple site to be decided today by the Apex Court
Allahabad High Court on September 30, 2010 distributed the 2.77 acres disputed Ayodhya land to Nirmohi Akhara sect, Sunni Central Wakf Board and Ramlalla Virajman. However, soon after this decision was challenged in the Supreme Court in May 2011 after which a hold was put on the verdict, which is to be finally decided by the Supreme Court today.
The case has been thus, going on for years in which a complete decision has to be taken after the demolition of the Babri Masjid, who has the rights over the area. The hearing is starting this time around just before the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid. The Hon’ble Judges of the Supreme Court are going to take up the 13 appeals that have been filed since 2010 against the decision taken by the Allahabad High Court.
The history of this disputed Ayodhya land dates back to 1853 where the two religious sects- Hindus and Muslims fought over the land. In 1885 the first lawsuit was filed against the Secretary of State for India in Council to build a temple at the place. After independence, in 1949 another lawsuit was filed by the Nirmohi Akhara claiming the land, while in 1961 the waqf board filed a lawsuit to claim the land for the construction of a mosque in the place.
The Nirmohi Akhara Sect is an ascetic group of devotees of Lord Rama, the Sunni Waqf Board is an elected body overseeing the maintenance of properties that have been donated for religious and charitable purposes. While Ramlalla Virajman is an idol of Lord Ram placed at the disputed site after Babri Masjid was demolished.
Early today in the proceedings it was said that the 1993 Mumbai blasts were a result of the large scale riots caused by the demolition of Babri Masjid. And many other communal violences in the country were a result of the debates and riots over the disputed land. The litigators and others have requested the Hon’ble Supreme Court to decide the case once and for all.