11:26 IST: Ayodhya disputed land given to Hindus, new site for mosque
11:08 IST: SC: Alternative piece of land should be given to Muslims
A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court has said an alternate piece of land should be given to Muslims to make good their loss of a mosque.
11:06 IST: SC says HC ruling to give Sunni Wakf Board, Nirmohi Akhara share of land ‘defies logic’
11:00 IST: SC: Muslim side unable to prove possessory title
The Supreme Court says the Muslim side has been unable to prove its right to the disputed property.
10:58 IST: Ayodhya verdict: Presence of structure beneath mosque not enough for title
10:57 IST: Ayodhya verdict: SC accepts HC view that idols were placed inside Babri Masjid central dome in 1949
10:47 IST: Ayodhya verdict by Supreme Court: Belief that Ram was born in Ayodhya ‘indisputable’
The Supreme Court says the faith and belief of Hindus that Ram was born in Ayodhya is “indisputable”. The apex court says, “Faith is a matter of individual believer… No evidence has come on record to discount the belief of Hindus in the place.”
10:45 IST: Ayodhya case verdict: Underlying structure not Islamic in nature
The Supreme Court says there was underlying structure which was “not Islamic in nature”. The artefacts recovered have a distinct non-Islamic nature, the Bench says.
10:43 IST: Ayodhya verdict by SC: Ramjanmabhoomi not juristic person; can’t reject ASI report as conjectura
The Supreme Court holds that Nirmohi Akhara is not the shebait. It also says Ramjanmabhoomi is not juristic person. The Court says it can’t reject the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) report as conjectura. ” The ASI report leads to the conclusion that Babri mosque was not constructed on vacant land,” it said.
10:40 IST: SC on Ayodhya case: Inappropriate to decide on faith; Ramlalla Virajman suit within limitation period
The Supreme Court says it will be inappropriate for it to play role of theologian and interpret Hadees. The apex court finds the Nirmohi Akhara’s suit barred by limitation, but says Ramlalla Virajman suit is within limitation period.
10:38 IST: Ayodhya verdict unanimous, says Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi
The Supreme Court bench hearing the Ayodhya dispute case will pronounce one judgment today. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has confirmed that the five judges will pronounce a unanimous judgment. The Court has dismissed a SLP by Shia Central Waqf Board.
10:32 IST: Supreme Court Ayodhya verdict: Bench assembles in Court 1
The five-judge bench has assembled in Court 1. They will begin reading their judgment in the decades-old dispute any minute now. The court is jam packed today.
10:26 IST: Ayodhya dispute: Nine years after Allahabad HC verdict, Supreme Court judgment today
Nine years after the Allahabad High Court’s verdict in the Ayodhya case, the Supreme Court is set to pronounce its judgment. A five-just Constitutional Bench will begin reading its judgment after 10.30 am. With just a few minutes to go, all eyes are on the Supreme Court today.
10:17 IST: Ayodhya hearing: Supreme Court’s observations
As we wait for the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict, here’s a look at what the Bench had observed during the hearing. “Has a question like the present one (on the birth of Ram) been raised about the birth of a prophet or whether Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in any court anywhere in the world?” it asked. It also said the presence of the Chabutra in close proximity with the iron railings put up by the British post-1855 assumes significance, and that the ASI’s report was not just an opinion and would have to be give due weightage.
10:11 IST: Supreme Court Ayodhya verdict shortly; CJI Ranjan Gogoi leaves for court
There’s just about 30 minutes left before a Constitution bench of the Supreme Court will begin reading its judgment on the Ayodhya case. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who is heading the bench, has left his residence. Security has been beefed up in the court premises. Our legal correspondent Ananthkrishnan G reports that the doors to Court 1 are yet to be opened; a crowd is building outside steadily.
10:02 IST: Ayodhya hearing: What Nirmohi Akhara argued in Supreme Court
The other ‘Hindu’ party, Nirmohi Akhara argued in the Supreme Court that it was in possession of the inner courtyard and Ram Janmasthan for hundreds of years. It said the outer courtyard having ‘Sita Rasoi’, ‘Chabutra’, ‘Bhandar Grah’ was in our possession, never part of dispute in any case. The petitioner said its suit was filed within the period of limitation. We are seeking rights to management and possession of the area.
09:51 IST: Ayodhya verdict: In Ahmedabad, residents of Naroda Patiya shift to other localities
Ahead of the Supreme Court verdict, residents of Naroda Patiya in Ahmedabad have moved to other localities in the city. This area witnessed the worst massacre during the Gujarat riots of 2002, with at least 97 Muslims brutally killed by a mob.
09:44 IST: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra ahead of Supreme Court Ayodhya verdict: ‘Our duty to maintain peace, non-violence’
Ahead of the verdict, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra appeals to people to maintain the thousands of years old tradition of unity, social harmony and mutual love of the country. “This is Mahatma Gandhi’s country. It is our duty to maintain peace and non-violence,” she tweets.
09:32 IST: Ayodhya verdict: What UP Sunni Central Waqf Board argued in Supreme court
The UP Sunni Central Waqf Board told the Supreme Court that examining the historic rulership and legitimacy of actions of emperors like Babur and Aurangazeb will open a “pandora’s box”. It said the ASI’s report was, at best, an “opinion” and “cannot be accepted as evidence” to decide the case. It argued that the lime-surkhi was brought to India during the Islamic period and its traces on the wall show it was part of an Idgah. It claimed the concept of Ram birthplace treated as a juristic person was “invented in 1989” for the purpose of the suit filed by Ramlalla Virajman that year.
09:12 IST: All eyes on Supreme Court today, ahead of Ayodhya verdict
All eyes are on the Supreme Court today, ahead of its judgment in the Ayodha case. Security is beefed up at its premises, as journalists and lawyers make their way to the Court.
08:53 IST: Ayodhya timeline — Events leading up to SC verdict today
Here’s a timeline of the Ayodhya case, right up to today when the Supreme Court will deliver its judgment. A five-judge bench headed by the CJI had reserved its order in the case on October 16.
08:50 IST: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to address media after Supreme Court Ayodhya verdict
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will address the media at 1 pm, following the Supreme Court verdict. The press conference will be held at Keshav Kunj parisar, Jhandewalan in Delhi. Similarly, representatives of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) will also hold a presser at Ashoka Road following the verdict.
08:44 IST: Ahead of Ayodhya judgment today, prohibitory orders in Kerala
There are prohibitory orders in several states across the country, as far as Kerala. In Kerala, curfew has been clamped down in five police station limits in Kasaragod district, including Kasaragod, Kumbala, Manjeswaram, Hosdurg and Chandera, our correspondent Vishnu Varma reports.
08:42 IST: Ayodhya verdict today: Hopefully we don’t have to appeal judgment, say Nirmohi Akhara lawyers
Lawyers representing Nirmohi Akhara are already at the Supreme Court ahead of the Ayodhya verdict. Our reporter on ground speaks to their Pravakhta, Karthik, who says, “It’s an ancient fight. We are here for Lord Ram. He will take care of us. Hopefully we dont have to appeal this judgment.”
08:29 IST: Ayodhya verdict: What Ramlalla Virajman argued in Supreme court
Some of the arguments put forth by Ramlalla Virajman, represented by His “next friend” the late Deoki Nandan Agrawal, in the Supreme Court had to do with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) findings; accounts of foreign travellers and historians; the Allahad HC judgment holding the site as a deity; inscriptions “recovered” from the rubble of the demolished Babri Masjid and more.
07:54 IST: Ayodhya verdict today: Who is on the Supreme Court bench?
A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, will pronounce the Ayodhya judgment today. The bench had reserved its verdict in the case on October 16 after a marathon 40-day hearing. The judges had less than five weeks to write their judgements because the CJI retires on November 17.
07:43 IST: What Madhav Godbole had to say ahead of Ayodhya verdict
Madhav Godbole, who was Union Home Secretary when the Babri Masjid was demolished, recently spoke to The Indian Express on the key takeaways from the crisis, and the demolition of the Babri Masjid. Ahead of the Supreme Court verdict, he had said, “The demolition of Babri Masjid signified a total breakdown of not just the rule of law, but of the Constitution itself.
“Strong pressure of public opinion must be built that, whatever may be the decision of the highest court, it will be fully respected and accepted by all. A meeting of the National Integration Council may be called to build a national consensus and resolve for the purpose,” he added.
07:29 IST: The Lord as a juristic person: What legal rights do deities enjoy?
Among the parties in the Ayodhya title suit appeals is Lord Ram himself — Ramlalla Virajman — represented by His “next friend”, the late Deoki Nandan Agrawal, a former judge of Allahabad High Court. Do deities enjoy legal rights? Yes. A juristic person, as opposed to a “natural person” (that is, a human being), is an entity whom the law vests with a personality. Gods, corporations, rivers, and animals, have all been treated as juristic persons by courts.
07:13 IST: Ayodhya verdict today:How Allahabad HC judgment was argued in Supreme Court
In its judgment today, the Supreme Court will decide on the 2010 ruling of the Allahabad High Court that had directed a three-way partition of the disputed land in Ayodhya. The HC had examined eight key questions in the Ayodhya title suit. What arguments did the sides make over the same issues in the Supreme Court? Click here for a point-by-point explanation on how the Allahabad HC verdict was argued in the apex court.
06:59 IST: Ayodhya verdict today: What the Allahabad HC had ruled
The Supreme Court’s judgment today is on appeals against a verdict by a three-judge Bench of the Allahabad High Court in 2010, that had directed a three-way partition of the disputed 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya. Click here for an explainer on how the High Court had ruled on eight key issues, which are central to the appeal in the Supreme Court.
06:14 IST: Delhi police beefs up 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.
5:09 IST Ahead of Ayodhya ruling, CJI meets UP’s Chief Secretary, DGP in chamber
The outcome of one of India’s most significant and sensitive litigation will be known Saturday morning when a five-judge Constitution Bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, rules on appeals challenging a 2010 order on the title to the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. 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.
3:25 IST Mumbai: Ayodhya verdict today, police rope in SRPF and paramilitary
Police deployment in Maharashtra has been stepped up ahead of the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ramjanmab-hoomi-Babri Masjid case on Saturday. The Maharashtra Police will be assisted by SRPF companies and other paramilitary forces that will be present on the ground across the state.
2:05 IST Kerala CM urges all to show restraint in reaction to SC’s judgment tomorrow
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has appealed to citizens to exercise restraint when reacting to Supreme Court’s verdict on the sensitive Ayodhya dispute to be delivered on Saturday morning. “Whatever be the verdict, we all must ensure to show restraint while reacting to it,” CM said. The chief minister reminded the state how peacefully it had reacted to the news of Babri Masjid demolition on December 6, 1992.
0:27 IST UP: Internet suspended in Aligarh for 24 hours
Aligarh District Magistrate (DM), Chandra Bhushan Singh: All mobile internet services to remain suspended from 12 AM (08.11.2019) to 12 AM (09.11.2019) in the entire district.
0:02 IST Schools, colleges shut in Karnataka, Sec 144 imposed across Bengaluru
Section 144 has been declared across Bengaluru from 6 am tomorrow until Sunday midnight. Sale of liquor has also been banned for 48 hours starting tomorrow amid beefed up security with 50 Platoons of KSRP and 30 platoons of CAR in the city ahead of Ayodhya verdict. The Karnataka primary and secondary education minister Suresh Kumar has declared all schools and colleges shut on November 9.
23:19 IST Potential security concerns, advise private schools to remain closed tomorrow: Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia
Deputy chief minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia has advised private schools to remain closed tomorrow, citing “potential security concerns with the SC Ayodhya verdict.” All government schools and many private schools are already closed on account of it being a second Saturday.
23:08 IST Jammu: Sec 144 imposed, schools, colleges closed tomorrow
Jammu: Section 144 (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area) has been imposed in all 10 districts of Jammu. All private as well as government schools and colleges to remain closed tomorrow on the day of the Ayodhya verdict.
22:38 IST Ayodhya verdict will not be a victory or defeat for anyone: PM Modi
The Prime Minister also said that the verdict will not be a victory or defeat for anyone. “Whatever the Supreme Court decides on Ayodhya, it will not be a victory or defeat for 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 tweeted.
22:32 IST PM Modi tweets ahead of Ayodhya verdict
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted ahead of Ayodhya Verdict. “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 it eagerly. During this period, the efforts made by all sections of the society to maintain an atmosphere of goodwill are greatly appreciated.”
22:29 IST Timeline of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title case
The Supreme Court will on Saturday pronounce its verdict in the decades-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute at 10.30 am.
22:27 IST PM Modi to ministers: No unnecessary statements on Ayodhya, maintain harmony
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cautioned his council of ministers from making unnecessary statements on the Ayodhya issue. Earlier this week, BJP and RSS members met Muslim intellectuals and clerics at Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s residence and stressed that whichever way the verdict goes, excessive celebration or mourning should be avoided.
22:26 IST Supreme Court Ayodhya-Ram temple verdict: Spot where Babri Masjid stood
During the hearing, the Hindu side argued that the structure was not a valid mosque according to the tenets of Islam while quoting the ASI reports that noted that inscriptions in the Devanagari script were found on the pillars of the mosque. On the other hand, the Muslim side claimed that the disputed structure had been a mosque since the day it was constructed. They argued that even after the riots of 1934, namaz was offered and the Babri Masjid had an imam who led the prayers and a muezzin who recited the azaan.
22:24 IST SC circular on listing of Ayodhya title suit verdict on Saturday
Here is the Supreme Court circular on listing of Ayodhya title suit verdict on Saturday.