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Ayodhya verdict live updates: Supreme Court to pronounce judgment at 10:30 am

The five-judge Consitution Bench of Supreme Court will deliver its verdict on appeal against Allahabad High Court’s verdict of splitting the disputed Ayodhya land among Hindus and Muslims.

A Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi will on November 9 deliver its judgment in the cross-appeals filed by the Hindu and Muslim sides challenging the three-way partition of the disputed 2.77 acres of Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land among Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and the Sunni Waqf Board in September 2010.

Here are the live updates:

Ayodhya gears up for the verdict

Pilgrims from Kerala walk towards the makeshift Ram Temple in Ayodhya as the town gears up for the verdict.

Pilgrims from Kerala walk towards the makeshift Ram Temple in Ayodhya as the town gears up for the verdict.  
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Amid heavy security presence, life kicked off at a slow pace in Ayodhya. 

As most of the areas in the vicinity of the disputed site were barricaded and vehicle entry barred, the civilian presence was noticeably thin.

Several restrictions have been put in place and bylanes leading to mixed population areas such as Tedhi Bazar, were also barricaded.

Darshan at the Hanuman Garhi temple and the makeshift Ram temple went on as usual with pilgrims trickling in towards the sensitive area, marked as a high-security red zone by the administration.  – Omar Rashid

Leaders appeal for calm

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took to Twitter to remind the nation of social harmony and love. "As you are all aware, the Supreme Court today is going to deliver its verdict on the Ayodha issue. No matter what the verdict is at this hour, all of us have a responsibility to uphold the age old tradition of country’s unity, social harmony and love for one another.

"This is Mahatma Gandhi’s country and it is our duty to send a message of peace and non violence," she said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday appealed for calm and unity on the eve of the verdict of the Ayodhya land dispute case and said the judgement should not be seen either as victory or defeat for anyone.

Uttar Pradesh on high alert

Police personnel conduct searches near the site of disputed Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya on Friday.

Police personnel conduct searches near the site of disputed Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya on Friday.
 
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PTI

 

Uttar Pradesh government has announced closure of all educational and training institutes till Monday.

Temporary jails in every district have been created while internet services may be banned in some places to check spread of rumours through social media.

The Union Home Ministry is in regular correspondence with the state government and has provided 4,000 central paramilitary personnel for deployment in Uttar Pradesh, a senior official said.

Special vigil is being maintained on more than 670 people on social media and if need arises internet can be stopped to check spread of rumours, an official said.

The state government has identified 31 districts as sensitive while Section 144 under CrPC, prohibiting gathering of five or more persons, has already been imposed across Uttar Pradesh. – PTI

U.P Police has cautioned its personnel in the wake of Ayodhya verdict. It has asked staff maintaining the official Twitter handles to only directly message anyone whose posts are objectionable and asked them to not take any action where users are merely expressing their views and emotions. – Vijaita Singh

The judgment comes after a marathon 40-day hearing. The five judges took less than a month to deliver the judgment. Chief Justice Gogoi is retiring on November 17.

The Bench, other than Chief Justice Gogoi, comprised Justices S.A. Bobde, D.Y. Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S. Abdul Nazeer.

Decoding Allahabad HC’s nine-year-old majority judgment under challenge in SC

It is important to decipher the final conclusions of the high court and individual findings of each of the three judges on the Bench – Justices S.U. Khan, Sudhir Agarwal and D.V. Sharma – to understand the issues at stake before the apex court in the nearly century-old dispute which has transgressed cultures, religions and faith of the people, namely the Hindu and Muslim communities.

Nine years ago, the high court had concluded that both Hindus and Muslims were joint title holders of the disputed property. It divided the property among the Hindus, Muslims and a religious sect called the Nirmohi Akhara, which claimed that it had been managing the worship at the site for time immemorial. The court had declared that Muslims should not receive a share less than one-third of the disputed premises.

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The story so far

A Constitution Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India is set to deliver the verdict in the seven-decade-old Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. A civil dispute on who owns the title of 67.703 acres of land in Ayodhya has, over the years, turned into a religious and political battle.

Though one of the first civil suits in this matter was filed in the 1950s, the legal battle can be traced back to the British era.

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