Supreme Court to pronounce verdict on Ayodhya dispute tomorrow

Cheryl Sanders
November 9, 2019

A day before the Supreme Court delivers its verdict in the Ayodhya case, Special Public Prosecutor Ujwal Nikam said he was expecting a judgment which will be acceptable to all sections of society.

A notice by the Supreme Court registrar said, "Take notice that the matter above mentioned will be listed tomorrow i.e. 09.11.2019 (Saturday) at 10.30 AM for pronouncement of judgment in Chief Justice's Court before the Bench comprising Hon'ble Chief Justice of India, Hon'ble SA Bobde, Hon'ble Dr. DY Chandrachud, Hon'ble Ashok Bhushan, Hon'ble S Abdul Nazeer".

"Each and every security officer is committed to prevent minor skirmishes or large-scale riots after the court delivers its verdict", said a senior home ministry official in New Delhi.

Anti-terror squads, special police and paramilitary personnel, including Rapid Action Force (RAF) and drones, would be deployed in Ayodhya to monitor the crowd in real time.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has campaigned on promises to build a Hindu temple in place of a medieval-era mosque, called for calm. He instructed them to review and ensure the security of religious sites, to ensure that flag march and foot patrolling are carried out in a routine manner.

It was also decided that a state-level control room will be set up in Lucknow. He also ordered for a helicopter to be kept on standby in Ayodhya and Lucknow.

In view of the Ayodhya verdict expected this month before the retirement of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on November 17, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has sent an advisory to all states to remain alert.

The MHA has also on Wednesday cautioned the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government to ensure all security preparedness in the temple town, which would be turned into virtual fortress to thwart any untoward incident. The Centre and UP government have been working over the last few days and weeks to insure that peace and tranquility is maintained.

Navaid Hamid, president of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, the top forum for Islamic organisations, said thousands of Muslim religious leaders had pledged to maintain peace and harmony after the court verdict.

Security was tightened across India in the run-up to the ruling, and Uttar Pradesh state police chief OP Singh told the Economic Times that more than 500 arrests had been made.

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