Here are 15 takeaways from the historic Ayodhya verdict
→Supreme Court (SC) today ordered that the disputed land must be given to Hindus. Centre to formulate a scheme within three months.
→Muslims must be given alternate land. A suitable plot of five acres must be granted to Sunni Waqf Board to set up a Mosque. Centre to formulate scheme within three months.
→Ram janmabhoomi not a juristic person but deity Ram Lalla is a juristic person.
→Suit filed by Nirmohi Akhara is barred by limitation.
→SC says Archaeological Survey of India’s (ASI) report cannot be brushed aside. Babri Masjid was not built on a vacant land. The underlying structure was not of Islamic origin.
→The faith and belief of the Hindus that Ram was born in Ayodhya is undisputed.
→The cross examination of the witnesses has not led the court to believe that the faith of Hindus is not justified.
→Historical accounts indicate the belief of Hindus that Ayodhya was birthplace of Lord Ram. The accounts of the travellers must be read with introspection. Court must be circumspect in taking conclusions from what a traveller may have seen and observed.
→SC holds the suit by Sunni Waqf Board to be within limitation. The Board has authority to institute legal proceedings.
→SC holds that the mosque was not abandoned; mere cessation of namaz by Muslims cannot lead to inference that mosque was abandoned and they lost possession.
→It is clearly established that while Muslims offered prayer inside the inner courtyard, Hindus did the same in the outer courtyard.
→Sunni Waqf Board has not been able to establish its claim of adverse possession as evidence shows that Hindus were not barred from entering the premises before 1857.
→Demolition of mosque in 1992 was a violation of law.
→Relief must be granted to Sunni Waqf Board and Ram Lalla, the deity. Suits by these parties must be decreed.
→However, the right of Ram Lalla to the disputed property is subject to the maintenance of peace and law and order and tranquility. Government to take measures for maintaining peace, harmony and law and order.