By SUNIL Sonkar
September 30 — A three-judge bench of Allahabad High Court Thursday ruled the disputed land in Ayodhya to be equally divided into three parts between Hindu Mahasabha, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Central Waqf Board. The majority of the bench ruled the central dome to be retained to the Hindus where the idols of Lord Ram are presently kept.
The entire bench had the same view that the central dome of the disputed structure to be alloted to Hindu Mahasabha. The idols of Lord Ram was installed here in 1949 and then again in 1992 after the demolition of the Babri Mosque. Nirmohi Akhara gets the sita rasoi and ram chabootara of the disputed structure.
After the announcement of the verdict, the Sunni Waqf Board lawyer Zafaryab Jillani said, “We are party disappointed. We will approach the Supreme Court.”
On the other side, the two lawyers representing the Hindu litigants told to media that the bench had decided that in the place where Babri mosque was built later, Lord Ram was born.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, lawyer and BJP leader, said after the verdict, “All the three judges, including S U Khan, are unanimous in accepting that the idol of Ram cannot be removed from the place where it is installed right now.”
The verdict was delivered in court no 21 in the presence of only 47 persons including the litigants and their counsels. The court was fully fortified today and the state almost came to a virtual halt at the time when the historical judgement was scheduled to be declared, 3:30 p.m.