Ayodhya: SC dismisses Shia Waqf Board's appeal

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Saturday dismissed the appeal of the Shia Waqf Board in the politically sensitive Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case in Ayodhya and held that the land belongs to the government as per revenue records.

The SC lends credence to the archeological evidence on the disputed site. It says the underlying structure was not an Islamic structure. The fact that there lies a temple beneath the destroyed structure has been established by the ASI.

The court says the Babri mosque was not built on vacant land. SC says that terming the archeological evidence as merely an opinion would be a great disservice to the ASI.

It said that Hindus consider this place as birthplace of lord Ram, even Muslims say this about disputed place.

Faith of Hindus that Lord Rama was born at demolished structure is undisputed. But the ASI had not established whether the temple was demolished to build the mosque.

Evidence suggest Muslims offered Friday prayers at mosque which indicates they have not lost possession.

Extensive nature of Hindus worshipping at outer courtyard at site has been there. Evidence suggest Hindus were in possession of outer court yard, says SC. No evidence that Muslims abandoned the outer courtyard.

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi gave a unanimous verdict dismissing the Shia Waqf Board's appeal in the case over the disputed structure.

It said the disputed land was government land in the revenue records.

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