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Ayodhya Verdict: Know the who's who in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case

The verdict comes after a 40-day hearing on a petition against the earlier 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment that had ordered that the land be divided equally between representatives of Ram Lalla Virajman, the Sunni Central Waqf Board and the Nirmohi Akhara

The Supreme Court of India (SC) will deliver the highly-anticipated verdict in the long-drawn Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case on November 9.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and consisting of Justices SA Bobde, Justices Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer will pronounce the verdict at 10.30 pm on November 9.

The verdict comes after a 40-day hearing on a petition against the earlier 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment that had ordered that the land be divided equally between Nirmohi Akhara, representatives of 'Ram Lalla Virajman' and the Sunni Central Waqf Board.


Here are a few of the litigants in the title suit:

Ram Lalla Virajman

The baby Lord Ram, who is considered under Indian law to be a "juristic person" and is represented by his next human friend, Triloki Nath Pandey, a senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad, is among the litigants in the case. The deity first became a litigant in the case in 1989, two years after the title case was moved out of the civil court to the Allahabad High Court.

At the time, Deoki Nandan Agarwal, a former judge of the Allahabad High Court, had filed a petition seeking to become the "sakha" or friend of the deity and its birthplace in the title suits. Agarwal had been serving as the VHP vice president at the time.

Nirmohi Akhara

A religious denomination of sadhu, the Nirmohi Akhara had originally laid claim to the mosque in 1959 ten years after the site had been closed off to Muslims and an idol of the Hindu deity Ram had been installed in the central dome. The group had at the time claimed that they had been worshiping the deities installed at a temple at the disputed site.

Sunni Central Waqf Board

The primary litigant from the Muslim side in the case, the Sunni Waqf Board had first filed a suit staking ownership of the site in 1961, in which it had claimed possession of the mosque.

Mohd Iqbal Ansari

An independent litigant and the son of one of the oldest litigants in the case (Mohammad Hashim Ansari), Iqbal Ansari took over as the petitioner following the death of his father in 2016. Hashim Ansari, a local tailor, had lived in proximity to the Babri Masjid and was one of the first petitioners in the case.

M Siddiq

A general secretary of the Jamiat-ul Ulema-i Hind Hind of Uttar Pradesh, M Siddiq had filed a petition on behalf of the organisation that became the title suit in the case.

Shia Central Waqf Board

A trial court in 1946 had ruled the Babri Masjid as the Sunni property. The Board had, however, argued that the mosque hadn't been built by Babur — a Sunni — but his commander who had been a Shia. The Shia Waqf board, which had also been a party in the Allahabad High Court had petitioned the Supreme Court against the 1946 decree in a Special Leave Petition.

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First Published on Nov 9, 2019 09:25 am
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