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HC reserves verdict on Ayodhya title suits
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 05:10:00 PM, Agencies
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Lucknow: Sixty years after the first suit in the matter was filed, the Allahabad High Court today reserved its verdict on the four Ayodhya title suits after conducting a detailed hearing.
A special full bench comprising Justice S U Khan, Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Justice D V Sharma of the Lucknow bench of the high court reserved its judgement on these title suits Monday evening.
The final arguments which started Monday morning, continued till about 7 pm on Monday. As many as 54 witnesses appeared before the court from the side of Hindus while Muslims presented 33 witnesses over the past two decades.
While Hindus claimed the land to be the site of the birthplace of their most revered Lord Ram, Muslims asserted their right over the same as the site of a 16th century mosque claimed to have been built by the first Mughal emperor Babur in the ancient town of Ayodhya, about 120 km from Lucknow.
The judgement on these title suits, of which the first was filed 60 years ago, may now be pronounced in mid September this year. The first of these title suits was filed in 1950 by Gopal Singh Visharad, seeking an injuction permitting ''Pooja'' (worship) of Lord Ram at the disputed site in Ayodhya.
The second suit was filed by Paramhans Ramchandra Das also in 1950 seeking the same injunction but this suit was later withdrawn. The third suit was filed in 1959 by Nirmohi Akhara, seeking direction to hand over the charge of the disputed site from the receiver.
Fourth suit was filed in the year 1961 by U P Sunni Central Board of Waqfas for delcaration and possesion. The fifth suit was also filed on July 1, 1989 in the name of Bhagwan Shree Ram Lalla Virajman for declaration and possession.
Since suit No 2 was already withrawn, only four title suits were in existence. These four suits remained pending in Faizabad civil court and in the 1989, on an application moved by the then advocate general UP, these suits were transferred to the high court.
Interestingly, the first suit was filed before a local court in Faizabad as early as on January 19, 1885, when the plaintiff, Raghubar Das sought rights over the 'Ram Chabootra' -- a raised platform in front of the Babri Mosque.
However, the dispute over the title of ownership of the main plot of land on which the mosque stood was raised before a Faizabad court in 1950.
A petition in this regard came up before the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court way back in 1955. However the case was taken up in a big way only as late as on July 10, 1989, when Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC) convenor Zafaryab Jilani contested the then Congress Government's foundation laying of the proposed Ram temple very close to the then existing mosque.
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