Masjid Was Not Built on Vacant Land, Says SC

Babri Masjid (File Image)

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The Supreme Court, citing ASI report, said that the Babri Masjid wasn’t built on a vacant land. It added that there was an underlying structure beneath the mosque, and it was “not Islamic in nature.”

The Supreme Court says that the Hindus consider Ayodhya as the birthplace of Lord Ram and the faith of Hindus is undisputed. 

The SC says that the underlying structure was not of Islamic religion as artefacts, architectural evidence had distinct non-Islamic nature. ASI report can be lent credence to the underlying structure was dated 12th century, the SC says. But it adds that the ASI report hasn’t said the underlying structure was a specific temple.

The SC has held that the ASI report that held that there was a structure underneath the Babri Masjid can’t be dismissed as conjecture or just a guess work and junks theory of pre-existence of an Idgah at the disputed site. “Babri mosque wasn’t constructed on a vacant land. An underlying structure did exist.”

“Faith is a matter of individual believer. Once the court has the material that the faith is genuine, the court must not interfere and acknowledge it. Value of a secular Constitution lies in mutual deference,” the Supreme Court says.

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