Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday appealed to people of the country to maintain the amity even after the Supreme Court verdict in the politically sensitive case of Ayodhya land dispute. The prime minister said, "Whatever be the decision of Supreme Court in Ayodhya case, it will not be a victory or defeat of anyone. I appeal to the people of the country that the decision should strengthen India’s tradition of peace, unity and goodwill."
The Supreme Court will pronounce the verdict in the politically sensitive case of Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya at 10:30 am on Saturday, according to a notice uploaded on the top court’s official website. The judgment, which is likely to end the decades of uncertainty, will be pronounced by a five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer are the other four judges of the Bench. On October 16, the top court had concluded the day-to day hearing and reserved the judgment. Hours before the announcement, CJI Gogoi held a meeting with Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari and DGP Om Prakash Singh and took note of the security arrangements.
As many as fourteen appeals have been filed in the top court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties -- the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. The judgement was challenged in the Supreme Court with both Hindu and Muslim parties claiming the disputed site in full.
Ahead of the verdict, all roads leading to the disputed site has been blocked and prohibitory orders were put in place in Ayodhya. Multi-layered security arrangements have been made in the temple town of Ayodhya with drones being used to monitor the situation.
In anticipation of any untoward incident, the Uttar Pradesh government has decalred holiday for all the educational institutions for the next three days. All schools, colleges and training centres in the state will remain shut till November 11. All private schools in Delhi will also remain closed on Saturday.