November 28, 2019
On November 9, the Supreme Court passed the judgement in one of the longest-running legal cases in Indian history- the Ayodhya land case. The court ruled that different land will be allotted to the Muslims for the construction of the Mosque.
The Apex court directed that a suitable plot of land measuring five acres was directed to be handed over to Sunni Waqf Board either by the Central Government or the State Government. Sunni Waqf Board at liberty to construct a Mosque at the allotted land.
The Court also directed the Centre to come up with a scheme to set a trust. The possession of the inner and outer courtyards of the disputed structure has been given to this trust. The court further observed for construction of a temple at the disputed site, the Court observed.
The verdict also stated that the demolition of Babri Masjid was illegal and a criminal act.
The unanimous verdict was delivered by a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer.
Soon after the interview, The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said on November 27th that it will file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ayodhya title suit before December 9. Another Muslim organisation Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind today also said that it will file a review petition, challenging the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict and a draft of the plea was ready and that it is likely to submit it in court on December 3 or December 4. On the other hand, the Sunni Wakf board has decided against filing a review. 91 Muslim lawyers, journalists, actors, social activists, businessmen and Islamic scholars from across India have opposed the decision of several Muslim litigants in the case to challenge the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision who said the continuation of the dispute in court would fuel anti-Muslim propaganda and Islamophobia and aid communal polarisation.
Suno India reached out to Aakar Patel, a well-known journalist and Director of Amnesty International India to understand his views on this judgement.