Ayodhya Verdict: Shia Petition Dismissed

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The judges comprising the Constitution bench have arrived at the courtroom. The Constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer are signing the verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute, which will be delivered shortly.

The judges have unanimously dismissed the Shia petition claiming rights on the Babri mosque on the disputed land in Ayodhya.

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. The Shia board’s claim that the mosque had not been built by Emperor Babur.

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