5-judge con­sti­tu­tion bench to pro­nounce his­toric ver­dict to­day

Be it the area near the Ram­jan­mab­hoomi po­lice sta­tion, ‘karyashala’ of Ram Jan­mab­hoomi Nyas or other parts of the town, po­lice­men could be seen check­ing two-wheel­ers

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will de­liver its land­mark ver­dict on the Ay­o­d­hya dis­pute at 10:30 am on Satur­day, end­ing decades of un­cer­tainty on the is­sue. Chief Jus­tice of In­dia Ran­jan Go­goi took the de­ci­sion in con­sul­ta­tion with the four other judges de­cid­ing the case late Fri­day evening.

The five-judge con­sti­tu­tion bench headed by CJI Ran­jan Go­goi had re­served the judge­ment on Oc­to­ber 16 af­ter a marathon hear­ing of 40 days. Ear­lier Fri­day, he had met top Ut­tar Pradesh of­fi­cials to dis­cuss law-and-or­der ar­range­ments in this re­gard.

The other mem­bers of the bench are Jus­tices SA Bobde, DY Chan­drachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Ab­dul Nazeer.

There was no clar­ity on the date of the ver­dict un­til now, other than the fact that it would be de­liv­ered be­fore Chief Jus­tice of In­dia Ran­jan Go­goi re­tires on Novem­ber

17. Jus­tice SA Bobde, who will take over as the next Chief Jus­tice, had called the Ay­o­d­hya case “one of the most im­por­tant in the world”.

Ap­peals for peace have come from Hindu and Mus­lim or­gan­i­sa­tions and var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal lead­ers ahead of the ver­dict. While the home min­istry has asked all states to be on alert, Ut­tar Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath held a three-hour re­view meet­ing with top po­lice and ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials in Lucknow on Thurs­day night.

The dis­pute over 2.77 acres of land in Ay­o­d­hya, claimed by both Hin­dus and Mus­lims, has dom­i­nated po­lit­i­cal dis­course since the 1980s. While Hindu ac­tivists want a tem­ple to be re­built on the site, Mus­lim groups claim that there is no ev­i­dence to con­clu­sively es­tab­lish that the Babri mosque was built on the ru­ins of a tem­ple.

Ahead of the Ay­o­d­hya ver­dict, se­nior RSS and BJP lead­ers had held a meet­ing with prom­i­nent Mus­lim cler­ics and in­tel­lec­tu­als at the res­i­dence of Mi­nor­ity Af­fairs Min­is­ter Mukhtar Ab­bas Naqvi in Delhi.

The Supreme Court’s judge­ment in the Ay­o­d­hya land dis­pute case should not viewed as a mat­ter of vic­tory or loss for any com­mu­nity, PM Naren­dra Modi said on Fri­day.

AY­O­D­HYA: Multi-lay­ered se­cu­rity ar­range­ments have been put in place in the tem­ple town of Ay­o­d­hya with drones be­ing used to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion ahead of the apex court judg­ment in the Ram­jan­mab­hoomi-babri Masjid land dis­pute case.

Be it the area near the Ram­jan­mab­hoomi po­lice sta­tion, "karyashala" of Ram Jan­mab­hoomi Nyas or other parts of the town, po­lice­men could be seen check­ing two-wheel­ers.

Elab­o­rat­ing on the se­cu­rity ar­range­ments, Ad­di­tional Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (Law and Or­der) PV Ra­masas­try told PTI, "Ad­e­quate forces have been pro­vided to Ay­o­d­hya and all sen­si­tive dis­tricts of the state in good mea­sure. The force has been suf­fi­ciently strength­ened in terms of CAPF and PAC com­pa­nies."

He said not only their num­ber had been in­creased but the ef­fi­ciency of the de­ployed forces was also be­ing im­proved for the past two months by giv­ing them bet­ter equip­ment and train­ing.

Apart from this, se­nior of­fi­cers were also in­volved in plan­ning, he said.

When asked whether drone cam­eras will be used for mon­i­tor­ing pur­poses, Ra­masas­try said, "Drone cam­eras are be­ing used in the prepara­tory phase so that the de­ploy­ment of the forces can be planned cor­rectly." He said drone cam­eras would also be used to closely mon­i­tor vul­ner­a­ble spots and rooftops to pre­vent the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of stones.

"For the past a cou­ple of months, ef­forts have been made to in­crease ef­fec­tive­ness and ef­fi­ciency of the se­cu­rity per­son­nel," he said. When asked on the pos­si­bil­ity

of de­ploy­ing the NSG, the ADG said, "Not any. The NSG is avail­able at their bases for any even­tu­al­ity. We have de­ployed ATS units, bomb dif­fu­sion squads, anti-sab­o­tage and quick re­sponse teams."

He in­formed that for more than a month, po­lice had been try­ing to build con­fi­dence among peo­ple. "Stress has been laid on con­fi­dence-build­ing mea­sures," he said, adding that po­lice had un­der­taken pa­trolling and dif­fer­ent sec­tions of so­ci­ety, be it the dharma gu­rus, traders or aca­demics had been con­tacted.

"The ba­sic aim of the out­reach is to in­stil a feel­ing of se­cu­rity," he said. Speak­ing on se­cu­rity ar­range­ments, ADG (Pros­e­cu­tion) Ashutosh Pandey said, "Sixty com­pa­nies of the PAC and

para­mil­i­tary forces have been de­ployed. As many as 10 drone cam­eras and CCTVS at 30 cross­ings have been in­stalled."

Pandey said bar­ri­cad­ing had been strength­ened at the place of the makeshift tem­ple.

The en­tire town had been di­vided into 31 sec­tors and 35 sub-sec­tors, he said, adding that in case there was a surge of vis­i­tors, a "hold­ing area" had been carved on the out­skirts of the town so that peo­ple could be sent in batches for the dar­shan of Lord Ram.

Pandey said there was no ban on devo­tees com­ing to Ay­o­d­hya.

Ut­tar Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath had ear­lier said two h eli­copters would be on standby in Lucknow and Ay­o­d­hya as part of the se­cu­rity ar­range­ments.

Adityanath con­veyed this dur­ing a late night video­con­fer­ence with the state's top civil and po­lice of­fi­cials. He­li­copters would be used in case of an emer­gency, an of­fi­cial said.

An of­fi­cial re­lease later said the chief min­is­ter re­viewed the

law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in each district and gave nec­es­sary di­rec­tions to en­sure nor­malcy.

It was also de­cided that a state-level con­trol room will be set up in Lucknow. Ev­ery district would have a con­trol room, the re­lease said. Adityanath warned that strict ac­tion would be taken against those try­ing to dis­turb the

law and or­der.

The apex court is likely to de­liver its ver­dict on the Ay­o­d­hya ti­tle suit be­fore Novem­ber 17.

PTI

Po­lice per­son­nel con­duct searches near the site of dis­puted Ram Janamb­hoomi-babri Masjid site, as the ver­dict date nears, in Ay­o­d­hya, Fri­day

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