Ayodhya verdict: No place for fear, negativity in 'New India', says PM

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Five-judge Constitution Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi (centre) and (from left) Justices Ashok Bhushan, D Y Chandrachud, Sharad Arvind Bobde and SA Nazeer
Ayodhya verdict LIVE updates: The Supreme Court has delivered its verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi–Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya, marking another chapter in a centuries-old religious dispute that is the country’s most politically divisive row.

The case, which has spanned centuries of religious history and languished in the legal system for almost seven decades, has finally seen a closure, as a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi pronounced its verdict. In a unanimous judgment, the Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has ordered that a temple must be constructed at the disputed site and the Muslims must be compensated with five acres of land at a prominent place in Ayodhya. The court also ordered the Central government to formulate a scheme within three months to implement this order.

Thousands of paramilitary force members and police have been deployed in Ayodhya, where the Babri Masjid mosque was razed in 1992 by hardline Hindus who believe the site is the birthplace of Lord Ram.

The government has stepped up security not just in Ayodhya but across the country and security forces have been put on a high alert. A verdict in favour of building a Ram Temple at Ayodhya would be seen as a political victory for Modi, who won a second term in a landslide general election win this year. Section 144 has also been imposed in the state in Uttar Pradesh.

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9:43 PM IST Amar Singh, Circle Officer, Ayodhya: Not even a single incident has been reported, whether it is Muslim brothers or Hindu brothers, all have accepted the verdict. We have not faced any challenges. We have been patrolling all the areas, the situation is normal. pic.twitter.com/9G8rcABLpt — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) &7

9:42 PM IST The Supreme Court judgment on the Ayodhya issue has heralded a “new dawn” and should not be seen as win or loss for anybody, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday, stressing that India’s credo of unity in diversity was visible in its totality as all sections of society accepted the verdict with an open heart. Addressing the nation after the verdict in the politically and communally sensitive case was pronounced, Modi invoked the fall of the Berlin wall on November 9, 1989, as he urged people to shun any fear, bitterness and negativity and come together to build a new India.  

9:30 PM IST The Supreme Court on Saturday said it was tasked with an "adjudicatory task of unique dimension" in the Ayodhya land dispute case and its facts, evidence and oral arguments have traversed the "realms of history, archaeology, religion and the law". The apex court, which delivered a historic unanimous judgment putting the curtains down on the vexatious legal battle that has torn the social fabric of the nation, said citizens of all faiths, beliefs and creeds "seeking divine provenance" are both subject to law and equal before law under the Indian Constitution.  

9:07 PM IST The incident of placing of idols inside the Babri Mosque in 1949, which was followed by attachment of the disputed land by a magisterial court, led to the filing of the first of five suits in connection with the controversial site, the Supreme Court noted on Saturday.  

8:57 PM IST Since late Friday night, when news broke that the Supreme Court (SC) would deliver its verdict on the Ayodhya case on Saturday, social media users were occupied with the historic dispute. Various platforms were abuzz with speculation till the verdict was pronounced on Saturday, and then comments and opinions on the SC judgment were in wide currency. The authorities also did their best to check any posts that might stir communal strife.  

8:18 PM IST Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind: President Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Maulana Syed Arshad Madani has appealed to Muslims&fellow-brothers to maintain peace & harmony in country and should not take it as win or loss. This decision is not in line with our expectations but the Supreme Court is supreme. — ANI (@ANI) &7

8:16 PM IST India Inc on Saturday hailed the Supreme Court for deciding on a centuries-old dispute over ownership of a plot of land in Ayodhya, paving the way for construction of a temple at a site which Hindu groups believe is the revered birthplace of Lord Ram.  

7:59 PM IST Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari on #AyodhyaJudgment: We have always maintained that we will accept the verdict of Supreme Court. I hope the country will move towards development. As far as filing a review petition is concerned, I don't agree with it. pic.twitter.com/XfS8T25NhH — ANI (@ANI) &7

7:57 PM IST India Inc on Saturday hailed the Supreme Court for deciding on a centuries-old dispute over ownership of a plot of land in Ayodhya, paving the way for construction of a temple at a site which Hindu groups believe is the revered birthplace of Lord Ram. Anand Mahinda, Chairman of Mahindra Group, tweeted that he salutes the five judges of the Supreme Court for showing "extraordinary courage".  

7:47 PM IST The Supreme Court on Saturday termed "legally unsustainable" the 2010 judgment of the Allahabad High Court, which had partitioned the 2.77-acre disputed land in Ayodhya equally among Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. The apex court, which delivered a historic verdict and put the curtains down on the vexatious legal battle that had torn the social fabric of the nation, said that dividing the land would not subserve the interest of either of the parties or secure a lasting sense of peace and tranquillity.

7:42 PM IST Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday hailed the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya dispute paving way for the construction of a Ram temple in the holy town as a "red letter day" in the history of India. Thackeray, whose party is locked in a bitter dispute with ally BJP over formation of government in Maharashtra on the issue of sharing the post of chief minister, also announced that he might visit Ayodhya on November 24.

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PM Modi invokes fall of Berlin Wall, says shun fear and unite for new India

The Supreme Court judgment on the Ayodhya issue has heralded a “new dawn” and should not be seen as win or loss for anybody, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday, stressing that India’s credo of unity in diversity was visible in its totality as all sections of society accepted the verdict with an open heart. Addressing the nation after the verdict in the politically and communally sensitive case was pronounced, Modi invoked the fall of the Berlin wall on November 9, 1989, as he urged people to shun any fear, bitterness and negativity and come together to build a new India.
 

Ayodhya verdict involved adjudicatory task of 'unique dimension', says SC

The Supreme Court on Saturday said it was tasked with an "adjudicatory task of unique dimension" in the Ayodhya land dispute case and its facts, evidence and oral arguments have traversed the "realms of history, archaeology, religion and the law". The apex court, which delivered a historic unanimous judgment putting the curtains down on the vexatious legal battle that has torn the social fabric of the nation, said citizens of all faiths, beliefs and creeds "seeking divine provenance" are both subject to law and equal before law under the Indian Constitution.
 

Placing of idols in mosque led to litigations over disputed site: SC

The incident of placing of idols inside the Babri Mosque in 1949, which was followed by attachment of the disputed land by a magisterial court, led to the filing of the first of five suits in connection with the controversial site, the Supreme Court noted on Saturday.
 

Ayodhya verdict: Police keep vigil online to check inflammatory comments

Since late Friday night, when news broke that the Supreme Court (SC) would deliver its verdict on the Ayodhya case on Saturday, social media users were occupied with the historic dispute. Various platforms were abuzz with speculation till the verdict was pronounced on Saturday, and then comments and opinions on the SC judgment were in wide currency. The authorities also did their best to check any posts that might stir communal strife.
 

Ayodhya verdict: India Inc hails Supreme Court over unanimous decision

India Inc on Saturday hailed the Supreme Court for deciding on a centuries-old dispute over ownership of a plot of land in Ayodhya, paving the way for construction of a temple at a site which Hindu groups believe is the revered birthplace of Lord Ram.
 

India Inc admires SC for unanimous verdict on Ayodhya dispute

India Inc on Saturday hailed the Supreme Court for deciding on a centuries-old dispute over ownership of a plot of land in Ayodhya, paving the way for construction of a temple at a site which Hindu groups believe is the revered birthplace of Lord Ram. Anand Mahinda, Chairman of Mahindra Group, tweeted that he salutes the five judges of the Supreme Court for showing "extraordinary courage".
 

Ayodhya case: SC terms 2010 Allahabad HC verdict 'legally unsustainable'

The Supreme Court on Saturday termed "legally unsustainable" the 2010 judgment of the Allahabad High Court, which had partitioned the 2.77-acre disputed land in Ayodhya equally among Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. The apex court, which delivered a historic verdict and put the curtains down on the vexatious legal battle that had torn the social fabric of the nation, said that dividing the land would not subserve the interest of either of the parties or secure a lasting sense of peace and tranquillity.

SC verdict on Ayodhya a 'red letter day' in India's history, says Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday hailed the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya dispute paving way for the construction of a Ram temple in the holy town as a "red letter day" in the history of India. Thackeray, whose party is locked in a bitter dispute with ally BJP over formation of government in Maharashtra on the issue of sharing the post of chief minister, also announced that he might visit Ayodhya on November 24.

Ayodhya verdict: People urged not to post provocative messages

The Odisha police on Saturday said anyone found posting provocative messages on social media following the Supreme Court verdict on the Ram Janmbhoomi- Babri Masjid land dispute case would face the consequences. Director General of Police BK Sharma said security personnel have been deployed at sensitive places in all the districts and SPs are monitoring the situation.

Ayodhya verdict won't cause tension in Bangladesh; says foreign minister

Bangladesh will study the Indian Supreme Court's historic verdict in the Ayodhya case, Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen said on Saturday and expressed confidence that it won't cause any tension in his country.
 

VHP chief says Ram Temple to come up by 2024

Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case, VHP international president Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje on Saturday hoped that a grand temple will be built at the site as per a design prepared by the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas. He was confident that the temple will be built by the trust -- which is to be formed as per the court's order -- before 2024, he said.

No place for bitterness, fear, negativity in 'New India': PM Modi after Ayodhya verdict

India's credo of unity in diversity was visible in its totality after the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute as all sections of the society accepted it with an open heart, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday, urging people to shun bitterness and negativity for the sake of a new India.
 
Addressing the nation hours after the top court gave its judgment, Modi said the way each section of the society welcomed the verdict reflects India's ancient traditions of amity and harmony.

Ayodhya case: ASI excavation report submitted at SC to be published as book

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) report which was submitted in the Supreme Court after excavation at the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site will be published as a book, Union Culture Minister Prahlad Patel said on Saturday.
 

Ayodhya case: Kar sevaks from MP recall frenzy of 1990s, welcome verdict

Karsevaks from Madhya Pradesh who had participated in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement in 1990s on Saturday expressed happiness over the supreme court verdict that paved way for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.
 

This date (Nov 9) gives us the message to stay united and move forward: PM Modi

No place for fear, bitterness and negativity in 'New India': PM Narendra Modi

SC heard all parties and it's a matter of happiness that Ayodhya judgment was unanimous, says PM Modi
The way each section of society welcomed SC verdict on Ayodhya reflects India's ancient traditions: PM Narendra Modi

Ayodhya verdict proof of India's ancient culture and tradition of social harmony: PM Modi

PM Modi begins his address to the nation

Case filed against 2 persons for posting inflammatory messages

Police have booked two persons in Kochi for allegedly posting inflammatory messages on social media against the backdrop of the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case. Read more
 
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BJP's three-decade-long journey from fringes to preeminence riding on Ram Janmabhoomi movement

The Supreme Court verdict paving the way for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya has brought to the fore the decades-old Ram Janmabhoomi movement which propelled the BJP from the fringes of national politics to becoming a dominant political force as it used the deeply emotive issue to mobilise Hindus. Read more

NCP hails Ayodhya verdict; Pawar rules out impact on Maharashtra politics

The NCP welcomed the supreme court's landmark verdict that cleared way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya and asked all to respect the judgement. Read more

We accept Ayodhya verdict: Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari

Won't challenge Ayodhya verdict, says UP Sunni Waqf Board

Ayodhya breathes easy after SC ruling in land dispute case

The temple town of Ayodhya, about 140 km from the Uttar Pradesh capital, breathed easy on the day when the constitution bench of Supreme Court delivered its much awaited verdict on the vexed title suit of the disputed land. Read more

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to visit Ayodhya on November 24

"Today's day will be written in golden letters in the history of India. Everyone has accepted the verdict. I will be going to Ayodhya on 24 November", says Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

India Inc hails Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya Ram temple

India Inc hailed the SC for deciding on a centuries-old dispute over ownership of a plot of land in Ayodhya, paving the way for construction of a temple at a site which Hindu groups believe is the revered birthplace of Lord Ram. Read more

Goa CM hails historic Ayodhya verdict, Congress calls for peace

Goa CM Pramod Sawant appealed for peace and harmony in the wake of the SC verdict that paved way for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya. Read more

Victory of faith over facts: Asaduddin Owaisi

AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday said that the Supreme Court is "supreme but not infallible" and termed its judgment in the Ayodhya title dispute case as a victory of "faith over facts".
 
Reacting to the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case, Owaisi expressed apprehension that the Sangh Pariwar will now target other mosques, including those at Mathura and Kashi.
 
The Hyderabad MP also cautioned that the country was heading on the path of a 'Hindu rashtra'.

Ayodhya verdict: Must honour SC decision, says Rahul Gandhi

Everyone should respect the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute and maintain harmony, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday while noting that this is the time to promote brotherhood, trust and love for all in the country.
 
"The Supreme Court has pronounced its verdict on the Ayodhya issue. While honouring this decision of the court, we all should maintain mutual harmony. This is a time for brotherhood, trust and love among us all Indians," he said in a tweet in Hindi.

Ayodhya verdict: Peace, harmony, unity, and love should be maintained, says Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Joining the chorus from across the political spectrum, former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday urged everyone to respect the Supreme Court verdict in Ayodhya case and said that the peace and harmony should be maintained.
 
The BJP leader insisted that the verdict is not a loss for anyone. "We all should respect and welcome the Supreme Court verdict. This is not a loss for anyone. This country belongs to all of us. Peace, harmony, unity, and love should be maintained. Our country moves ahead...we all should work for it," he said.

Ayodhya verdict shouldn't be seen as victory for any litigant: Left

The Left parties said on Saturday that the Supreme Court's Ayodhya verdict should not be seen as a victory for any litigant and no one should indulge in any "provocative acts" in the wake of the order.
 
In a statement, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said while the judgment had provided a judicial resolution to this fractious issue, there are certain premises of the judgment which are "questionable".
 
"The Court judgment has itself stated that the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992 was a violation of law. This was a criminal act and an assault on the secular principle," the CPI(M) said. "The cases pertaining to the demolition should be expedited and the guilty punished."

Deve Gowda welcomes Ayodhya verdict

Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda on Saturday welcomed the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case.
 
In a video message, the JD(S) supremo said, "It is a balancing decision, which I welcome."
 
"Only my feeling is the poor people who built the Babri Masjid about 300 to 400 years back and the people who are fighting now you cannot blame our minority friends. What happened in the past, so that is a big issue. So I don't want to go to the past," he said.

Congress statement on Ayodhya verdict

Narendra Modi: SC verdict on Ayodhya highlights that any dispute can be amicably solved

SC’s Ayodhya Judgment is notable because:
 
It highlights that any dispute can be amicably solved in the spirit of due process of law. 
 
It reaffirms the independence, transparency and farsightedness of our judiciary. 
 
It clearly illustrates everybody is equal before the law.


PM Modi on Ayodhya verdict: Be it Ram Bhakti or Rahim Bhakti, it is imperative that we strengthen the spirit of Rashtra Bhakti

The Honourable Supreme Court has given its verdict on the Ayodhya issue. This verdict shouldn’t be seen as a win or loss for anybody. 
 
Be it Ram Bhakti or Rahim Bhakti, it is imperative that we strengthen the spirit of Rashtra Bhakti. 
 
May peace and harmony prevail!

The judgment is against our expectations: AIMPLB on Ayodhya verdict

"The judgment is against our expectations. We presented solid evidence to prove our stance. Our legal committee will review the judgment. We have sincerely tried to fulfill our responsibility to restore the demolished Babri Masjid": AIMPLB

Supreme but not infallible: Asaduddin Owaisi’s response to Ayodhya verdict

Asaduddin Owaisi, chief of the All India Majis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), reacted to the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict with a single photo on Twitter.
 
Owaisi posted the book cover of Supreme But Not Infallible: Essays in Honour of the Supreme Court of India.

Ayodhya verdict: Key points


School examinations postponed in Jammu and Kashmir

Schools, colleges and other educational institutions were closed in Jammu and Kashmir and some other states ahead of Supreme Court verdict in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case.
 
The Jammu and Kashmir administration also imposed Section 144 till midnight and school examinations scheduled for Saturday have been postponed.
There is no Hindu-Muslim, they are the people of India: Mohan Bhagwat
SC has asked govt to allot land to Muslim side, the govt will decide: Mohan Bhagwat
There were efforts made to find out-of-court solution but it did not happen: Mohan Bhagwat
We all have to construct the temple together and means wil be found: Mohan Bhagwat
We welcome and respect the verdict pronounced by the Supreme Court: Mohan Bhagwat
We thank the patience of the people of India: Mohan Bhagwat

Will not challenge Ayodhya verdict: Litigant Iqbal Ansari

Expressing satisfaction with the Supreme Court judgment in the Ayodhya case, Iqbal Ansari, one of the litigants, on Saturday said he will not challenge it in court.
 
The apex court directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot at an alternative place to the Sunni Waqf Board, one of the parties in the decades long contentious dispute, for building a mosque.
 
 
"We welcome the Supreme Court decision and the biggest happiness is that it is finally curtains down on this long pending issue," Ansari told PTI on phone from Ayodhya.
 
"We will not challenge the court verdict from our side," he said, adding that "we are very happy with the decision." 
 
Ansari said it was always being said that whatever the court will say will be correct.

Rajnath Singh reacts to the verdict

Defence Minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh on Saturday termed the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case as "historic" and urged people to accept it with "equanimity" and "magnanimity".
 
Singh, who was the former BJP president and former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, said the apex court's judgement will further strengthen the country's social fabric and appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony.
 
 
"The Judgment of Hon'ble Supreme Court on Ayodhya is historic. The Judgement will further strengthen India's social fabric. I urge everyone to take the verdict with equanimity and magnanimity. I also appeal to the people to maintain peace & harmony after this landmark verdict," he tweeted.

Congress says it is in favour of Ram temple construction

The Congress on Saturday said it respects the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case and is in favour of Ram temple construction.
 
In a resolution passed by the Congress Working Committee chaired by party chief Sonia Gandhi, the Congress also appealed to all parties concerned and all communities to "abide by the secular values and spirit of fraternity enshrined in the Constitution and to maintain peace and harmony".
 
"It is the responsibility of each one of us to reaffirm our tradition of mutual respect and unity among all that has defined our society through the ages," Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala quoted the resolution as saying.
 
Asked if the Congress was supportive of Ram temple construction, he answered in the affirmative.
 
The Congress is in favour of Ram temple construction, he said.

Will seek review of Ayodhya verdict: Sunni Wqf Board

Expressing its dissatisfaction with the Supreme Court verdict that cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, the Sunni Waqf Board said on Saturday that it will seek a review of the judgment.

"The Ayodhya verdict has a lot of contradictions. We will seek a review as we are not satisfied with the verdict," the board's lawyer Zafaryab Jilani said.

Praveen Togadia reacts to the verdict

"Ram Temple at the same place of Ram Birth has been Hindu demand for more than 450 years. Lakhs of Hindus sacrificed their lives, careers, families for this. Today, Supreme Court giving the same land for Shriram Temple is a salute to this sacrifice," Togadia said in a statement.

Security tightened around 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.
Hindu Mahasabha leader Swami Chakrapani said here on Saturday welcomed Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case and said "Muslim side would also be invited during the construction of grand Ram Temple at Ayodhya".

Section 144 imposed in Mumbai

Section 144 of the CrPC which bars assembly of more than four people was imposed in Mumbai on Saturday as the Supreme Court delivers its verdict on the sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid suit.

Emergency response centre in Lucknow to monitor social media post Ayodhya verdict

An emergency Operations Centre has been set up here to keep an eye on reports from media, social media and other sources on Ayodhya verdict.
 
The centre has been set up at "112 headquarters", named after the emergency contact telephone number.
 
"In this centre, representatives of CRPF, RPF, BSF, SSB, ITBP, CISF and GRP are also present and it will work for 24 hours," Additional Director General, UP-112, Asim Aurn told media today.

SC grants entire 2.77 acre land in Ayodhya to deity Ram Lalla

Ayodhya verdict: The Supreme Court has granted the entire 2.77 acre of disputed land in Ayodhya to deity Ram Lalla in a set of four directions.

No regret over SC saying Nirmohi Akhara not 'shebait' of deity Ram Lalla: Outfit

The Nirmohi Akhara has no regrets over the Supreme Court saying that it is not a 'shebait' of deity Ram Lalla, a member of the outfit said after the Ayodhya verdict on Saturday.
 
"The court has accepted Ram Lalla's side and with this, our motive was fufilled," Nirmohi Akhara member Mahant Dharmdas told PTI.
 
The court has said in its verdict in the politically-sensitive case of Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya that the Nirmohi Akhara is not a shebait or devotee of the deity Ram Lalla.

Ayodhya verdict: Section 144 clamped in Mumbai

Ayodhya verdict: Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed in Mumbai. The prohibitory order came into effect at 11 am today and will remain in force for the next 24 hours, a Mumbai Police spokesperson said.
 
The order bars holding of public meetings or assembly of more than five persons or processions.
 
It also prohibits entry of all types of vehicles carrying persons intending to participate in such unlawful gatherings.

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Zafaryab Jilani, Sunni Waqf Board Lawyer: We respect the judgement but we are not satisfied, we will decide further course of action.

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Ayodhya verdict: Key points


Centre shall within three months formulate a scheme for setting up of trust for making provision for construction of temple: CJI Gogoi 

Hindus get Ayodhya land: SC on Ayodhya verdict

Hindus get Ayodhya land: SC on Ayodhya verdict

Hindus in exclusive possession of outer courtyard, says CJI

Hindus in exclusive possession of outer courtyard, says CJI on Ayodhya verdict.

Ayodhya verdict LIVE updates: 40,000 cops deployed in Mumbai

At least 40,000 police personnel have been deployed in Mumbai in view of the Supreme Court's verdict on the sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid suit, which will be delivered on Saturday, officials said.
 
The situation will be monitored through drone units and live CCTV feeds from the police control room.
 
The financial capital had witnessed communal riots afterdemolition of the disputed structure in Ayodhya in December 1992 and January 1993.
 
"We are prepared to tackle any eventuality," said DCP Pranay Ashok.

Muslims did not have exclusive possession: SC

Muslims did not have exclusive possession: SC on Ayodhya verdict

Muslims offered prayer inside the inner courtyard while the same was done by Hindus in the outer court yard: SC

Muslims offered prayer inside the inner courtyard while the same was done by Hindus in the outer court yard: SC on Ayodhya verdict

Muslims never abandoned structure by the Muslims: CJI

On the other hand, there was no cessation of namaz or abandonment of structure by the Muslims. The Muslims never completely lost the possession of the disputed property, says CJI

Ayodhya verdict: Key points


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Ayodhya verdict: Historical accounts indicate the belief of Hindus that Ayodhya was birthplace of Lord Ram, says CJI.

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Ayodhya verdict: Once the faith is genuine, courts shouldn't interfere, says CJI

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The faith and belief of Hindus that Lord Rama was born in Ayodhya is undisputed: CJI Gogoi

Ayodhya verdict: The faith and belief of Hindus that Lord Rama was born in Ayodhya is undisputed, says CJI Gogoi

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SC says suit filed by Nirmohi Akhara is barred by limitation

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Precise date of construction has no relevance: CJI

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Ayodhya verdict: CJI reads out the verdict


Five-judge Supreme Court bench to shortly deliver verdict in Ayodhya land case; Senior advocates K Parasaran, CS Vaidyanathan, Rajeev Dhawan, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and other lawyers representing different parties in the case arrive in courtroom.

Fully satisfied with the entire process: Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla

Ahead of the Ayodhya verdict, Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla said, "I'm fully satisfied with the entire process."


Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla arrives at Amit Shah's residence for high level security meeting

Ayodhya verdict: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi arrives at Supreme Court

Adhir Ranjan Choudhary: Congress in favour of peace

Adhir Ranjan Choudhary, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha: We're in favour of peace. We all should abide by the verdict of the Supreme Court.
40 companies of security forces have been provided by the Centre and temporary prisons have been created in every district of state: UP DGP

Amit Shah calls a high level security meeting at his residence ahead of Ayodhya verdict

Home Minister Amit Shah calls a high level security meeting at his residence. National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Intelligence Bureau (IB) Chief, Arvind Kumar, and other senior officials to attend the meeting.

Ayodhya verdict: Section 144 imposed in Ajmer district

Section 144 has been imposed in Ajmer district and all schools and colleges will remain closed today, says Rajasthan government.

Ayodhya verdict: CJI Gogoi leaves for Supreme Court from his residence

SC verdict on Ayodhya should be accepted by everyone: Nitish Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar on Ayodhya Verdict: Supreme Court's verdict should be accepted by everyone, there should be no dispute over it. We appeal to everyone to not create a negative environment, cordiality should be maintained.
No meeting is scheduled at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Amit Shah's residence right now.

Security of 5 SC judges increased

Security outside the residences of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, who are part of the five-judge Constitution Bench, which will deliver the judgment, has also been beefed up by the Delhi Police.
Lawyers gather outside Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi's court. Five-judge SC bench to deliver verdict in Ayodhya land case at 10:30 am. 
Ayodhya District Magistrate, Anuj Kumar Jha: Keeping the disputed site safe is our priority, we have made adequate arrangements for it, forces have been deployed in the city. Everything is normal in the city, we will keep an eye on negative elements.

UP sets up makeshift jails, tracks social media posts

Ayodhya verdict: Security has been increased in Ayodhya and places nearby and the 31 districts of Uttar Pradesh are on alert for the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit, government authorities said on Saturday.
 
The Uttar Pradesh government has created temporary jails in every district and suspended internet in some places to check rumours on social media.
 
The Union Home Ministry is in contact with the state government and has provided 4,000 central paramilitary personnel for deployment in Uttar Pradesh, a senior official said.

Internet services temporarily suspended in Bharatpur

Ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute which will be pronounced on Saturday, the Divisional Commissioner of Bharatpur has ordered a temporary suspension of internet till tomorrow.
 
Apart from this the schools and college in the district will also remain closed, as per the orders of the District Collector. According to the letter, this is being done to stop the spread of provocative and false news regarding the verdict.
 
In a letter, issued on Friday, the Divisional Commissioner has ordered a 24-hour suspension of internet services from 6 am on November 9.
 
This includes 2G, 3G, 4G data internet services and a suspension of Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter and all other social media by internet service providers except voice call of landlines and mobile phone services.
Rajasthan Government: Section 144 of CrPC in Bundi; All schools to remain closed today.

UP on high alert; Security tightened

UP DGP: Paramilitary forces have been deployed in Ayodhya, aerial surveillance is being done. Intelligence machinery has been geared up, random checks are also taking place. An ADG rank officer has been deployed in Ayodhya to keep an eye on operations. 

Ayodhya verdict: Authorities in Punjab, Haryana review law and order situation

Officials in Punjab and Haryana on Saturday reviewed their states' law and order situation ahead of the Supreme Court judgment in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case.
 
The apex court is likely to pronounce the judgment at 10:30 am.
 
 
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who will be leading a delegation to Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan on Saturday, held a meeting with DGP Dinkar Gupta and other senior officers.
 
He directed the officers to remain on high alert and take all steps to ensure peace and harmony in the state, an official spokesman said.

RSS chief to be in Delhi when Ayodhya verdict comes in

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is set to be in the national capital on Saturday to monitor the situation ahead of the Supreme Court's final verdict in the decades-long Ayodhya title dispute.
 
According to RSS sources, he may address the nation to accept whatever be the apex court's decision.

It is everyone's responsibility to maintain unity, communal harmony: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Ahead of Ayodhya verdict, Shahi Imam Bukhari urges all to maintain peace

Ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title case, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari urged all Indians "to exercise restraint and demonstrate faith in the judiciary."
 
"It is a testing time for the nation. Though passions on both sides are running high, but I would urge the Indian conscience to exercise restraint and demonstrate faith in the judiciary," Bukhari said in a statement.
 
"I hope that the constitutional superiority shall prevail and rule of law is not compromised. It is a testing time for the nation," the statement added.

Punjab CM appeals for calm ahead of Ayodhya verdict

Hours before the Supreme Court was expected to deliver its verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday reviewed the state's law and order situation and appealed to the people to remain calm under all circumstances.

Heavy security outside Supreme Court ahead of Ayodhya verdict

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to address the media at 1 pm today, reports ANI


Security heightened in Tamil Nadu ahead of Ayodhya verdict

Heavy Police deployment in Coimbatore and eight other districts in Tamil Nadu — Trichy, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagappattinam, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Pudukottai and Karur.

Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title 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.
 
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. Read more

Security heightened in Ayodhya ahead of the verdict in Ayodhya land dispute case today

Security beefed up in Ayodhya ahead of SC verdict in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title case

Why SC is delivering Ayodhya verdict on Saturday?

It is believed that this sudden announcement is a part of a strategy to keep the anti-social at bay, so that they do not get any opportunity to prepare for any kind of conspiracy, ahead of the announcement on this sensitive, emotional and faith-related matter.
 
Meanwhile, all preparations have been put in place to ensure peace in the entire state of Uttar Pradesh, across the country in general, and Ayodhya in particular.

Ayodhya verdict: School, colleges shut in UP, MP, Karnataka, J-K, Delhi

Schools, colleges and other educational institutes will remain closed in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka and Delhi as the Supreme Court delivers its verdict in the decades-old Ayodhya dispute on Saturday.
 
As a precautionary measure, the government has closed all schools, colleges, educational institutions from Saturday to Monday in Uttar Pradesh. Read more
 

We have full faith in our judiciary: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari ahead of Ayodhya verdict


Ayodhya case: Know the parties who have staked claims on the disputed site

Click here for a brief introduction of all the major parties involved in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case.

A timeline of Ramjanbhommi-Babri Masjid land dispute

On December 6, 1992, Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was demolished, changing India's political fabric forever. After almost 27 years, the Supreme Court will deliver its verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute today.

Click here to take a look at the timeline of events as they unfolded in the case over the decades leading up to today


Ayodhya verdict: Himachal police warns against circulation of fake news

The Himachal Pradesh police has issued a warning against the circulation of fake news in the wake of the Supreme Court's verdict in the sensitive Ayodhya land dispute case on Saturday.
 
Strict penal action will be taken against those who indulge in circulation of fake news, morphed pictures, doctored videos or any inflammatory material, said Solan Superintendent of Police Madhusudan Sharma in a statement on Saturday morning.

Head priest of makeshift Ram temple in Ayodhya urges everyone to maintain peace

Ayodhya verdict: Kerala CM urges all to maintain peace

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has appealed to all citizens to exercise restraint when reacting to the Supreme Court verdict on the sensitive Ayodhya dispute, whatsoever it be.
 
"Whatever be the verdict, we all must ensure to show restraint while reacting to it," CM said.

Delhi police enhances security ahead of Ayodhya verdict

Ahead of the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case on Saturday, Delhi Police has beefed up security across the national capital and asked its top officials to identify sensitive areas in the city for deployment of additional personnel.
 
The security outside the residences of the five judges on the Constitution Bench that will delver the judgement at 10.30am has been beefed up, Delhi police officials said.
 
The police has planned elaborate security arrangements and all precautionary measures are being taken, the officials said. The deputy commissioners of police of all districts, along with the station house officers, have been directed to raise police visibility and patrolling in communally sensitive areas.

Chhattisgarh CM appeals to people to maintain peace, harmony in view of Ayodhya verdict

Ayodhya verdict: Chief Minister Bhupesh Singh Baghel has appealed to the people of Chhattisgarh to maintain peace and harmony in view of the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case.
 
He appealed to people to rely on the information coming from official sources and not believe in rumours.
 
The Chief Minister instructed the Chief Secretary and Director-General of Police to take precautionary measures to avoid untoward incident after the judgement. He asked the police to be cautious.

Ayodhya verdict: UP Police asks jail authorities to keep eye on inmates

Uttar Pradesh Police on Friday asked all jail officers and staff to keep a vigilant eye on inmates to ensure that no incident of communal violence occurs in jails after the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case.
 
"Keep a vigilant eye on the reaction of the inmates and ensure that there is no communal strife/violence in jails," DGP and Inspector General (Prison) Anand Kumar said in a communique to the officers.
 
 
It said, "Strict vigil should be maintained and stern action be ensured against such elements lodged in jails who attempt to spread communal disharmony."

Modi appeals for calm ahead of SC verdict in Ayodhya case

'Ayodhya verdict shouldn't be seen as victory or loss': Yogi Adityanath

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has called for peace ahead of the Supreme Court's historic verdict in the decades-old Ayodhya case and said that the judgement should not be seen as anybody's victory or loss.
 
In a series of tweets in Hindi, the Chief Minister appealed to the residents of the state to maintain peace and cordial environment and not to believe on rumours.
 
"In view of the possible verdict by the Supreme Court in relation to the Ayodhya case, I appeal to the people of the state that the decision should not be seen as a win or loss. It is our responsibility to maintain a peaceful and amicable atmosphere in the state," he tweeted.
 
The Chief Minister said his government was committed to "protecting everyone and maintaining law and order" in the state, adding that strict action will be taken against those trying to disturb the peace.

Why is SC delivering Ayodhya verdict on Saturday?

Ayodhya verdict date: The Supreme Court is going to deliver the verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case of Ayodhya on Saturday at 10.30 a.m. After completing the hearing in the case, the apex court had reserved its decision and since then, it was speculated that the decision will come before the retirement of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
 
Justice Gogoi is slated to retire on November 17. Though the court can sit any day, hear the case and also deliver its verdict, November 17 is a Sunday and usually, the verdict in an important case is not announced on a holiday.
 
The court's decisions are also not announced on a day the judges retire. Also, November 16 is a Saturday.
 
Besides, the last working day of Justice Gogoi is November 15. This had led to a speculation that the verdict of the Ayodhya case could be heard by a bench headed by Justice Gogoi on November 14, or November 15.
 
Normally, if the court announces a verdict, the next day, the plaintiff or one of the defendants requests the court to review the decision again, and the process generally takes one or two days.
 
However, neither the court nor the government had earlier indicated that the verdict in the Ayodhya case could come before November 14-15.

Bihar CM cancels two-day visit in view of Ayodhya verdict

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday cancelled his two-day visit to Madhepura keeping in view of the Supreme Court verdict in the sensitive Ayodhya case, and instructed officials to ensure law and order in the state.
 
Nitish was scheduled to visit Madhepura but he cancelled his visit after the date of the Supreme Court's verdict was announced.
 
He spoke to the Chief Secretary and Director-General of Police on the possible law and order situation arising out of the judgement and instructed them to take necessary steps to maintain peace.

CJI meets UP’s Chief Secretary, DGP in chamber on Friday

On Friday, hours before the Supreme Court notified the Saturday sitting, CJI Gogoi met Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari and Director General of Police Om Prakash Singh in his court chamber.

Ayodhya verdict: Karnataka on high alert, Section 144 imposed across Bengaluru

Law enforcement authorities in Bengaluru city and other parts of Karnataka have imposed restrictions on assembly of people, protests and other celebrations.
 
Over 8,000 police personnel and tens of hundreds of other law enforcement officials will patrol the streets of Bengaluru on Saturday.
 
Section144 has been imposed across the city and there will be restrictions on processions, bursting of crackers, throwing of gulaal ,slogan shouting, protest or celebrations across Bengaluru.
 
The police also carried route marches across select and localities considered sensitive in the city.
 
Police in other parts of the state,especially in the communally sensitive coastal districts, have also imposed restrictions .

PM Modi appeals for calm ahead of the Ayodhya verdict

Ayodhya verdict: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday appealed for calm ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya, saying that whatever judgment the country's top court gives will not be anyone's victory or loss. 

Section 144 has been clamped in Goa, UP and Jammu and Kashmir

Section 144 of CrPC, which prohibits gathering of more than four people, has been clamped in entire Goa, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
 
The prohibitory orders will be in effect in Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal and Bengaluru. Section 144 CrPC has been imposed in Bengaluru from 7 am-12 midnight.

Click here to know about Section 144

Schools, colleges shut in MP, UP, Karnataka, Delhi ahead of SC verdict in Ayodhya case

Ayodhya case verdict:  Schools, colleges and other educational institutes will remain closed in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka and Delhi as the Supreme Court delivers its landmark verdict today.

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