Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case: The Supreme Court will deliver the verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute on Saturday, November 9. A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi is expected to pronounce the judgement at around 10:30 AM, nearly 30 years after Babri Masjid was demolished by kar sevaks. The judgement was earlier reserved on October 16, after a day-to-day hearing in the decades-old case and the proceedings were wrapped on October 17.

The other four Justices who are part of the Constitution bench include SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, S Abdul Nazeer and Ashok Bhushan. The bench held a marathon 40-day hearing after failing to reach a final settlement through the outside court mediations. Last month, Uttar Pradesh government had imposed section 144 in the city, apparently to prevent people from converging at the disputed site.  

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday held a meeting with the administration including top police officers. All the concerned officials were directed to ensure peace and harmony is maintained after the verdict. The politicians cutting across the political spectrum have requested people to maintain peace and accept the apex court’s verdict.

After the Allahabad High Court’s judgement in 2010, more than a dozen appeals were submitted in the Supreme Court. The petitioners challenged the judgement to divide the disputed 2.77-acre land amongst the Nirmohi Akhara, Ram Lalla and the Sunni Waqf Board.

It would be interesting to see what would be the judgement. The Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute has become one of the most reported and important issues, awaiting the final settlement. It also became the country’s most sensitive political topic. In the 2019 Lok Sabha election manifesto, the ruling BJP renewed its promise to construct Ram Mandir. The Opposition has been accusing the BJP-led NDA government of using the issue to gain votes in the general and state elections. 

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