Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hailed the Supreme Court’s judgement in the decades-long Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, saying it will further increase the faith of the people in judicial processes.
The top court in its judgement said the disputed land in Ayodhya will be given to a government-run trust to build a temple and five acres of suitable land will be given to Sunni Waqf Board for a mosque.
In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said that the ruling should not be seen as a win or loss for anyone and called for maintaining peace and harmony post-Ayodhya verdict.
“The Honourable Supreme Court has given its verdict on the Ayodhya issue. This verdict shouldn’t be seen as a win or loss for anybody. Be it Ram Bhakti or Rahim Bhakti, it is imperative that we strengthen the spirit of Rashtra Bhakti. May peace and harmony prevail!” he tweeted.
“The halls of justice have amicably concluded a matter going on for decades. Every side, every point of view was given adequate time and opportunity to express differing points of view. This verdict will further increase people’s faith in judicial processes,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister outlined that the verdict is notable because “it highlights that any dispute can be amicably solved in the spirit of due process of law, it reaffirms the independence, transparency and farsightedness of our judiciary and it clearly illustrates everybody is equal before the law”.
“The calm and peace maintained by 130 crore Indians in the run-up to today’s verdict manifest India’s inherent commitment to peaceful coexistence. May this very spirit of unity and togetherness power the development trajectory of our nation. May every Indian be empowered,” Modi said in a follow-up tweet.
A five-judge constitution bench presided by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer passed the order on a batch of petitions against the 2010 order of the Allahabad High Court which trifurcated the site between the parties – Ramlalla Virajman, Sunni Central Waqf Board and Nirmohi Akhara.
A decades-long legal dispute was fought by Hindu Mahasabha, a sect of Hindu monks Nirmohi Akhara and Muslim Waqf Board over 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya.