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Ayodhya verdict highlights: ‘I stand vindicated, feel deeply blessed’: BJP patriarch LK Advani welcomes Ayodhya verdict

Ayodhya Verdict highlights: “Temple to come up in the disputed land in Ayodhya,” the Supreme Court has ruled while Muslims will get alternative land. Follow live updates here

By HT Correspondent | Nov 09, 2019 22:41 IST
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The Supreme Court on Saturday pronounced that the Ram Temple will come up in the disputed land in Ayodhya, while Muslims will get an alternative land measuring five acres. Delivering the Ayodhya verdict, CJI Ranjan Gogoi on Saturday underlined that law must stand apart over political considerations, religion and beliefs.Justice Gogoi, who heads the five-judge Constitution Bench set up to decide the decades-old land dispute in the Ramjanmabhoomi Babri case, said the court, as a secular institution, should uphold all beliefs and religion.Justice Gogoi has said that the constitution bench’s verdict on Ayodhya is “unanimous”.

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6:48 pm IST

I stand vindicated, feel deeply blessed: BJP patriarch LK Advani welcomes Ayodhya verdict

Reacting to the Supreme Court’s verdict, BJP veteran LK Advani said, “I stand vindicated, and feel deeply blessed, that the Supreme Court has given its unanimous verdict paving the way for the construction of a magnificent temple for Lord Ram at Ramjanmabhhomi in Ayodhya”. The former deputy prime minister who turned 92 yesterday was the BJP’s face for Ramjanmabhoomi movement and also took out a yatra in 1990 for building a Tam temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya.

6:35 pm IST

UP CM Yogi Adityanath addresses nation after SC verdict on Ayodhya case

UP CM Yogi Adityanath addresses nation after SC verdict on Ayodhya case

6:15 pm IST

Supreme Court’s decision has brought a new dawn for us: PM Modi

This decision of the Supreme Court has brought a new dawn for us. This controversy may have affected many generations, but after this decision, we have to make a resolution that now a new generation will start building a new India from scratch: PM Modi

6:14 pm IST

Fear, bitterness, negativity have no place in new India: PM Modi

Whenever there is any bitterness in the mind of anyone, anywhere, on all these things, it is also a day to give him relief. Fear, bitterness, negativity have no place in new India: PM Modi

6:14 pm IST

Today’s message is to come together and live together: PM Modi

Today, with the decision on Ayodhya, this date of November 9 has also given us a lesson to move forward together. Today’s message is to add - to come together and live together: PM Modi

6:13 PM IST

SC has shown strong will behind this decision: PM Modi

The Supreme Court has shown strong will behind this decision. Therefore, the judges of the country, the courts and our judicial system are compliments: PM Modi

6:12 PM IST

Whole country has accepted the SC verdict on Ayodhya matter: PM Modi

After the verdict, the way the whole country, including people of every class, every community and every creed, has accepted it openly, it reflects the spirit of India’s ancient culture, traditions and harmony: PM Modi

6:11 PM IST

Today the world knows how strong India’s democracy is: PM Modi

The whole world believes that India is the largest democratic country in the world, but today the world has also known how vibrant and strong India’s democracy is: PM Modi

6:10 PM IST

Decades-long justice process is now over: PM Modi

Today, the Supreme Court has ruled on an important case which has a long history of hundreds of years behind it. The whole country wished that the matter should be heard daily in the court, which took place and today the decision has been arrived. The decades-long justice process is now over: PM Modi

6:10 PM IST

Today is a golden chapter in the history of the judiciary of India: PM Modi

Today is also a golden chapter in the history of the judiciary of India. During the hearing on this subject, the Supreme Court heard everyone and listened very patiently and it is a matter of happiness for the whole country that unanimously gave the verdict: PM Modi

6:09 PM IST

Proof of India’s ancient culture and tradition of social harmony welcomed: PM Modi

After the verdict, the way every section of society, of every religion, has welcomed it is a proof of India’s ancient culture and tradition of social harmony: PM Modi

6:05 PM IST

Case which was going on for decades has concluded: PM Modi

The whole country wanted that the Ayodhya case be heard daily, which happened and today a verdict has been delivered. This case which was going on for decades has concluded finally: PM Modi

6:00 PM IST

PM Modi addresses the nation, hails SC verdict

PM Modi addresses the nation, hails SC verdict

5:20 PM IST

SC verdict like Diwali, Holi for us: Kin of Kar sevaks killed during Ram Janmabhoomi movement

Ram Kothari (22) and Sharad Kothari (20) were killed in police firing during Karseva at the Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh in 1990. “Our entire family is very happy. We waited for 29 long years for justice. My brothers who died fighting for Ram Mandir would now rest in peace. It’s like a second Diwali and Holi for all of us,” Poornima, elder sister of the Kothari brothers, said on Saturday.

5:05 PM IST

Honouring SC decision on Ayodhya, we should maintain mutual harmony: Rahul Gandhi

Everyone should respect the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute and maintain harmony, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday while noting that this is the time to promote brotherhood, trust and love for all in the country.

4:50 PM IST

Some people have ‘Talibani mindset’, no trust in judiciary: Naqvi on Owaisi’s remarks

Minority Affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday hit out at AIMIM chief Assaduddin Owaisi for his critical remarks on the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict, saying some people have a “Talibani mindset” and “no trust” in the judiciary of the country.

4:18 PM IST

Will be going to Ayodhya on Nov 24: Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

“Today’s day will be written in golden letters in the history of India. Everyone has accepted the verdict. I will be going to Ayodhya on 24 November,” said Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

4:16 PM IST

Sacrifices of karsewaks has not gone waste: Raj Thackeray on SC’s Ayodhya ruling

“I am happy today. Sacrifices of Karsewaks during the struggle for Ram temple have not gone waste. Ram Temple must be constructed at the earliest. Along with Ram Temple, there should also be ‘Ram Rajya’ in the nation,that is my wish,” said MNS chief Raj Thackeray

4:06 PM IST

‘Closure, wish of Allah, unexpected’: UP Muslims react to SC’s Ayodhya order

Many Muslims welcomed the Supreme Court verdict, saying it will re-affirm the tradition of mutual respect and unity among the people of both communities. “The judgment was just perfect. As a citizen of India, we accept the court’s verdict as now there will be no more fights in the name of religion. We want peace,” said Mohammed Bilal, a young entrepreneur in Lucknow.

3:50 pm IST

5 men. A decision that 1.3bn people were awaiting: Anand Mahindra

“5 men. A decision that 1.3bn people were awaiting. What extraordinary courage it required to be on this bench & what incredible application of mind it must have taken to reach the conclusion. I salute them for doing their duty & upholding the process of justice in our nation,” Anand Mahinda, Chairman of Mahindra Group tweeted.

3:25 pm IST

Uma Bharti thanks Advani post Ayodhya verdict

BJP leader Uma Bharti on Saturday thanked party veteran LK Advani after the Supreme Court in its verdict on the Ayodhya title dispute case granted the disputed land for the construction of the Ram temple.

“I came to thank Advaniji because he was the one who challenged pseudo-secularism and it was because of Advaniji that we could reach this point today. In the parliament, he had raised this point with facts for the first time and began a discussion on nationalism versus pseudo-secularism,” Bharti told reporters after meeting Advani at his residence, reported ANI.

3:15 pm IST

A balanced decision: HD Deve Gowda

“The decision is a balancing decision which I welcome,” Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

3:00 pm IST

60% of pillars for Ram temple are ready, says VHP working president

60% of pillars and beams for Ram temple are ready, new agency PTI quoted VHP’s working president Alok Kumar as saying.

2:40 pm IST

Struggle has come to an end, truth has won: VHP working president Alok Kumar

“Truth and justice have been upheld. After a marathon hearing, a decision has come. This struggle has come to an end, truth has won. Hindus are extremely happy, but we stay in our limits, we are confident that this celebration will not humiliate anyone or lead to violence, “ said VHP working president Alok Kumar following the Ayodhya verdict.

2:35 pm IST

RSS workers to light 101 diays each at their houses

In the wake of Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict, RSS workers have been asked to light 101 diays each at their homes.

2:20 pm IST

Whatever has happened is in interest of nation: Ajmer Sharif Dargah Dewan

“This is nobody’s victory or defeat. We should accept the verdict of the Supreme Court. Whatever has happened, is in the interest of the nation and we should put an end to the dispute right here,” Syed Zainul Abedin, Ajmer Sharif Dargah Dewan said on Ayodhya verdict, news agency ANI reported.

2:10 pm IST

Muslims deceived by political parties: Owaisi

Expressing his concerns with the Supreme Court ruling on Ayodhya verdict and Congress’s reaction to the judgment, Asaduddin Owaisi said that Muslims have been deceived by political parties.

2:05 pm IST

Let’s leave past behind and move towards building an India of peace: Vice President

“Further to today’s unanimous verdict by 5 Judge bench of Supreme Court on Ayodhya issue, let’s leave the past behind and move towards building an India of peace, harmony & prosperity. India is the winner from this judgement. Our desire and ability to live together has triumphed,” said M Venkaiah Naidu in a tweet.

1:55 pm IST

On Ayodhya ruling, Asaduddin Owaisi says SC supreme but not infallible

On Ayodhya ruling, Asaduddin Owaisi said the Supreme Court is supreme but not infallible

1:45 pm IST

Ayodhya verdict historic, balanced and judicious: Prakash Javadekar

“The judgement of the Honourable Supreme Court on #Ayodhya is historic, balanced & judicious. I am sure that everyone will welcome it,” Union minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted.

1:34 pm IST

Hindu brothers should help in the construction of the Masjid as well: Ramdev

“This is a historic verdict. A grand Ram temple will be built. Decision to allot alternative land to Muslims is welcomed, I believe Hindu brothers should help in the construction of the Masjid as well,” Baba Ramdev said reacting to Ayodhya verdict by Supreme Court.

1:20 pm IST

Prohibitory orders in sensitive areas of Punjab, situation normal

Punjab imposed prohibitory orders in certain sensitive areas in view of the Ayodhya verdict on Saturday. Additional forces have been deployed in the communally sensitive town of Malerkotla in Sangrur district though the situation across the state is normal. “Internet, transport and all other services are running smoothly,” ADGP, law and order, Ishwar Singh said.

1:18 pm IST

Better late than never: Mohan Bhagwat

“Earlier attempts to mediate were not successful, attempts were made, but they didn’t work out for whatever reasons. Better late than never.

Whatever the court has said will be examined. The land has to be given by the government. We want the acrimony to end. Our wish has been fulfilled,” RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said after Supreme Court’s ruling on Ayodhya.

1:14 pm IST

May the spirit of unity, togetherness power development of nation: PM Modi

“The calm and peace maintained by 130 crore Indians in the run-up to today’s verdict manifests India’s inherent commitment to peaceful coexistence.

May this very spirit of unity and togetherness power the development trajectory of our nation. May every Indian be empowered,” tweeted PM Modi after Ayodhya verdict.

1:10 pm IST

Amit Shah directs CMs to review security measures

Home minister Amit Shah has spoken to the CMs of some states to review the security in the wake of Ayodhya verdict. The states have been asked to maintain law and order, officials said.

1:07 pm IST

Unity of nation upheld: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that Supreme Court’s ruling on Ayodhya upholds unity of nation.

“We accept the Supreme order. We should end this dispute now," he added.

1:03 pm IST

RSS chief welcomes Ayodhya verdict

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat welcomed Supreme Court’s Ayodhya ruling. He urged the people to abide by law and maintain peace and harmony.

“We should forget the past and work together to construct the temple,” he said.

1:00 pm IST

Sri Sri Ravishankar welcomes Ayodhya verdict

“This is a historic judgement, I welcome it. This case was going on for a long time and finally it has reached a conclusion. Peace and harmony should be maintained in society,” Sri Sri Ravishankar was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

12:55 pm IST

Ayodhya verdict tells us importance of legal system to solve any dispute: PM

“The Supreme Court order is important for many reasons. It tells us the importance of legal system to solve any dispute. All sides were given ample time to present their arguments. The temple of justice has amicably solved the decades-old issue,” the Prime Minister said on Ayodhya ruling.

12:50 pm IST

Ayodhya verdict shouldn’t be seen as a victory or defeat: PM

The Supreme Court has given its verdict on Ayodhya, it shouldn’t be seen as a victory or defeat for anybody. Appeal to all countrymen to maintain peace,calm and unity: PM Modi

12:48 pm IST

After acquiring 67 acres of our land, giving us only 5: Kamaal Faruqi

Kamaal Faruqi of All India Muslim Personal Law Board reacted to Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict saying 67 acres of their land was acquired and now giving them only five acre land makes no sense. “How is this fair?”, he was quoted by news agency ANI.

12:40 pm IST

Grateful to all institutions: Amit Shah

Amit Shah said he was grateful to all the institutions, the saint community, and those hundreds of unknown people who worked hard for years for a resolution of the Ram Janmabhoomi dispute.

12:30 pm IST

‘Historic decision’ says Amit Shah on Supreme Court’s Ayodhya ruling

Reacting to the Supreme Court ruling on Ayodhya land title dispute, home minister Amit Shah said that it’s a historic decision.

“Today’s judgement brings to an end the decades-long legal dispute. I compliment the country’s judicial system and all the judges,” he said.

12:26 pm IST

No party can take credit for Ayodhya judgment: Shiv Sena

Minutes before the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya land title dispute suit was pronounced, Siv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that neither the Centre nor any political party can take credit for the judgment.

12:20 pm IST

Former VHP chief Praveen Togadiya welcomes Ayodhya verdict

Former Vishwa Hindu Parishad chief, Praveen Kumar Togadiya who is among the prominent Temple movement warriors, has welcomed the Supreme Court verdict.

The verdict, he said, has fulfilled the crores of Hindus’ 450 year-old Mandir wahi banayenge wish’.

“We welcome the verdict and appeal to all to exercise restrain” he said talking to HT over phone.

Togadiya said the judgment was a tribute to temple champions like Ashok Singhal who were no more or lakhs of Hindus like Kotjari brothers who laid their lives and sacrificed their career and families for the great cause as well as lakhs of Hindus who donated for the Ram Temple agitation.

“I hope now a grand temple will come soon in Ayodhya after the Apex Court cleared all the decks” he said.

12:17 pm IST

All should respect Ayodhya verdict: Congress

“We appeal to all the parties concerned and to all communities to abide by the secular values and spirit of fraternity enshrined in our Constitution and to maintain peace and harmony.

It is the responsibility of each one of us to reaffirm our tradition of mutual respect and unity among all that has defined our society through the ages,” the Congress said.

12:14 pm IST

Lord Ram is for all: Union Minister Harsh Vardhan

“The Ayodhya verdict should not be seen for a section of people but for entire humanity. Lord Ram is Maryada Purushottam. Lord Ram is for all. My thoughts go to Ashok Singhal on this day,” said Union Minister Harsh Vardhan.

12:10 pm IST

Ayodhya verdict has permanently shut doors of divisive politics: Congress

Congress welcomed Supreme Court’s verdict on Ayodhya land title suit and that this is not an issue for which an individual should take credit.

“The verdict has permanently shut the doors on the divisive politics played by the BJP,” the party said.

12:02 pm IST

Take verdict with equanimity and magnanimity, urges Rajnath Singh

“The Judgment of Hon’ble Supreme Court on Ayodhya is historic. The Judgement will further strengthen India’s social fabric.

I urge everyone to take the verdict with equanimity and magnanimity. I also appeal to the people to maintain peace & harmony after this landmark verdict," defence minister Rajnath Singh said.

11:53 am IST

Will decide on filing review petition: Zafaryab Jilani

Sunni Waqf Board’s Zafaryab Jilani said that they will decide on filing a review petition against Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict.

11:50 am IST

Unanimous judgment after hearing all parties: Delhi CM

“The Supreme Court gave a unanimous judgment after hearing the arguments from all parties. We welcome the verdict. The Court gave the judgement today after many years, bringing to an end an years-old dispute. Appeal to every one to maintain peace,” Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said.

11:47 am IST

Everyone must accept SC verdict: Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that everyone should maintain peace and must accept Supreme Court judgement on the Ayodhya land title dispute suit.

11:44 am IST

There should be no further dispute, appeals Nitish Kumar

“Supreme Court’s judgement should be welcomed by everyone, it will be beneficial for the social harmony. There should be no further dispute on this issue, that is my appeal to the people,” Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

11:42 am IST

‘We are not satisfied’: Sunni Waqf Board Lawyer

News agency ANI quoted Zafaryab Jilani, Sunni Waqf Board lawyer as saying, “we respect the judgment but we are not satisfied, we will decide the further course of action.

11:40 am IST

Historic judgement: Lawyer representing Hindu Mahasabha

“It is a historic judgment. With this judgement, the Supreme Court has given the message of unity in diversity,” said Varun Kumar Sinha, lawyer representing Hindu Mahasabha in the Ayodhya land title suit.

11:37 am IST

Ayodhya DM congratulates people on Ayodhya verdict

“Congratulations everybody on a peaceful resolution of a longstanding dispute. I will urge everybody to observe restraint in celebrating the verdict. Any inciting or insulting behaviour will be acted against,” the Ayodhya DM Anuj K Jha tweeted.

11:33 am IST

‘Can’t believe this’, says vendor in Ayodhya

Rakesh Kumar (40) runs a shop on Ramjanmbhoomi Babri Masjid marg from Hanumangarhi in Ayodhya. He says the Supreme Court judgement will change our lives. “I can’t believe the 500 year old dispute has ended,” he said.

11:30 am IST

Sunni Waqf Board failed to establish case of adverse possession:CJI

The Sunni Waqf Board has not been able to establish dedicated place of worship. No case of adverse possession has been established, the CJI said.

11:26 am IST

Documents do not indicate possession of outer courtyard: CJI

“There is an absence of evidence that mosque after its construction was used for offering namaz until 1857. There is evidence to show that Muslims had abandoned the property. There was consistent pattern of the possession of the outer courtyard by Hindus after 1857. The documents do not indicate possession of the courtyard. A Railing was set up to maintain law and order. There were attempts to exclude Hindus to access the inner courtyard, significantly the prayers on the outer courtyard continued,” the CJI said while delivering the judgement.

11:20 am IST

ASI findings left things unanswered: SC

“On the question of whether a Hindu temple was demolished at the contested site in Ayodhya, the ASI has left it unanswered,” the CJI said in while delivering the verdict.

11:15 am IST

Temple to come up in disputed Ayodhya site, rules Supreme Court

Ram temple will come up in the disputed 2.77 acre land in Ayodhya, the Supreme Court has ruled while Muslims will get alternative land measuring five acres, it added.

11:12 am IST

High level meet at Amit Shah’s residence

A high level meeting is currently on at Home Minister Amit Shah’s residence. NSA Ajit Doval, Home Secretary and Director IB present in the meeting.

11:08 am IST

Hindus always believed birthplace of Lord Ram was in inner courtyard of mosque: SC

“There is no evidence that Muslims abandoned mosque.Hindus always believed birthplace of Lord Ram was in inner courtyard of mosque. Clearly established that Muslims offered prayer inside inner courtyard and Hindus offered prayers in outer courtyard,” the Supreme Court said in its verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute suit according to news agency ANI.

11:05 am IST

Mosque was not abandoned by Muslims: CJI

“The mosque was not abandoned by the Muslims. Though Hindus continued to worship at Ram Chabutra, they claimed ownership on Garbh Garha also,” the CJI was quotes as saying by news agency ANI.

11:00 am IST

Evidence in the records shows that Hindus in the possession of the outer court: CJI

“There is evidence that Ram Chabutra, Sita Rasoi was worshipped by the Hindus before the British came. Evidence in the records shows that Hindus in the possession of the outer court of the disputed land in Ayodhya,” said the CJI while reading out the judgement.

10:52 am IST

Babri Masjid wasn’t built on a vacant plot: CJI

“Babri mosque was not constructed over a vacant land. The structure underneath it was equal if not more than the disputed structure. Underline structure was not Islamic. The foundation of the disputed structure rests on the pillars of underline structure,” CJI read out the verdict.

10:40 am IST

Nirmohi Akhara claim dismissed

The Nirmohi Akhara claim Ram Janmabhumi-Babri Masjid land title suit has been dismissed. The claim of Nirmohi Akhara is only of management. Nirmohi Akhara is not a Shabait, rules Supreme Court

10:38 am IST

Law must stand apart over politics, religion and beliefs: SC in Ayodhya verdict

The law must stand apart over politics, religion and beliefs, the Supreme Court said in the Ayodhya land title dispute verdict.

The court as a secular institution should uphold all beliefs and religion and Places of Worship Act was meant to ensure state’s commitment to protect the faith and belief of all, the CJI said.

10:30 am IST

CJI reads out Ayodhya land dispute case verdict

Chief Justice  Ranjan Gogoi is currently reading out the Ayodhya land dispute case verdict. He said that the judgement is unanimous.

10:28 am IST

No rumours, objectionable comments must be made on social media: Uttarakhand CM

“I appeal to people of Uttarakhand to accept whatever verdict is given by the Supreme Court. No rumours or objectionable comments should be made on social media or other platforms that could adversely affect social harmony, Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat was quoted as saying by news agency ANI on Ayodhya verdict.

10:25 am IST

All 5 judges reach Supreme Court

All five Supreme Court judges who will deliver the verdict in Ayodhya land title case have reached the Supreme Court. The bench will pronounce the verdict shortly.

10:20 am IST

Respect Supreme Court order, appeals Mayawati

In a tweet on Saturday, BSP supremo Mayawati urged people to maintain peace and communal harmony and said that the people should respect the Supreme Court order on Ayodhya land title suit.

10:13 am IST

Stick to party’s official position: Congress to party leaders

Congress leaders have been asked to refrain from making personal comments on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid verdict and stick to party’s official position to be announced after the Supreme Court’s judgment in the 70-year old land title dispute on Saturday.

10:09 am IST

CJI arrives at Supreme Court

The Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has arrived at the Supreme Court, reported news agency ANI. A five-judge bench led by him will deliver the landmark verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case shortly

9:50 am IST

Beware of rumours: CM Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday urged people to beware of rumours ahead of the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict.

9:45 pm IST

UP Congress chief makes appeal for peace

UP Congress president Ajay Kumar ‘Lallu’ has appealed to the people not to take the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya as victory or defeat and has requested people to maintain peace and uphold the Constitution.

9:35 am IST

An hour to go

In approximately an hour from now, the Supreme Court will deliver its landmark verdict in the Ayodhya land title suit.

The city of Ayodhya has turned into a fortress, while state is on high alert ahead of the judgement.

9:20 am IST

10 drones deployed for security surveillance

Ahead of the Ayodhya verdict by Supreme Court today, a total of 60 companies of paramilitary force, RPF and PAC and 1200 police constables, 250 Sub-inspectors, 20 Dy-SPs and two SPs have been deployed, news agency ANI reported.

Double layer barricading, public address system, 35 CCTVs and 10 drones have also been deployed for security surveillance.

9:10 am IST

Spirit of brotherhood hallmark of our secular fabric: Naveen Patnaik

Ahead of Ayodhya verdict, Odisha chief minister Odisha Naveen Patnaik has urged everyone to accept the judgement of the Supreme Court.

“Let us continue to live in peace and harmony. The spirit of brotherhood is the hallmark of our secular fabric,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

9:00 am IST

Our responsibility to uphold peace, communal harmony: Priyanka Gandhi

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi tweeted on Saturday calling for clam ahead of the Ayodhya land title suit verdict today.

Regardless of what the verdict is, it is responsibility to maintain peace and social and communal harmony, she said.

8:50 am IST

Internet services suspended in Agra

Internet services have been suspended in Agra from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday, DM Agra NG Ravi Kumar has confirmed.

“We are in constant touch with state government over the issue. Situation is normal only precautionary steps are being taken. Schools and colleges in Agra district closed till 11th of October”, he added.

8:45 am IST

RSS chief in Delhi, to address media post SC verdict

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is in Delhi. He will address the media post the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya land title suit. He will address the nation through media at 1 pm at Keshav Kunj parisar, Jhandewalan.

8:40 am IST

Only two-wheelers allowed in Ayodhya

No four wheelers from outside the city are being allowed to enter Ayodhya, while only local two-wheelers have been permitted to move around.

8:30 am IST

UP-Nepal border sealed

Following a late-night meeting of top officials with chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday, the Uttar Pradesh-Nepal border has been sealed, news agency IANS reported.

No one without proper identity proof would be allowed to move along the sensitive border, IANS quoted Additional Chief Secretary for Home, Avanish Awasthi as saying.

8:27 am IST

Temporary jails in all UP districts

Security across the state has been heightened ahead of the Supreme Court verdict. The state government has also created temporary jails in all 31 districts, reported news agency PTI.

8:15 am IST

Chief priest of makeshift Ram temple appeals for peace

Chief Priest of the makeshift Ram temple in Ayodhya, Mahant Satyendra Das has appealed people to respect the Supreme Court verdict and maintain peace. He upheld the Prime Minister’s view that the Ayodhya verdict today will not be anyone’s defeat or victory, reported news agency ANI.

8:05 am IST

Second longest heard cases in Supreme Court

The Ayodhya case comes a close second to the longest heard case in the Supreme Court: the Kesavanad Bharati case. Daily hearings in the case were held for 40 days, Kesavanad Bharati case was heard for 68 days. The hearing in the Ram Janmabhumi-Babri Masjid started on August 16 and concluded on October 16.

8:00 am IST

Himachal police issues warning against circulation of fake news

Police in Himachal Pradesh has issued a warning against the circulation of fake news, news agency PTI reported.

The police shall take strict penal action against anyone who indulge in circulation of fake news, morphed pictures, doctored videos or any inflammatory material, Solan Superintendent of Police Madhusudan Sharma was quoted as saying by PTI on Saturday.

7:50 am IST

Educational institutions shut till Monday in several states

Schools and colleges in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan will remain closed till Monday while the educational institutions in Madhya Praesh, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi will remain shut today.

7:40 am IST

UP on high alert

Uttar Pradesh is on high alert, the city of Ayodhya has turned into a fortress ahead of the Supreme Court verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit.

7:35 am IST

5-judge bench to deliver verdict

The five-judge bench lead by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi set to deliver the verdict in Ayodhya case comprises justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer.

The bench was set up earlier this year to rule on a batch of appeals against a 2010 Allahabad high court judgement.

The disputed 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya was ordered to be divided equally into three parts among the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara, and the Ram Lalla Virajman, as per the original verdict .

7:20 am IST

UP Police social media cell on alert

Director General of Police for Uttar Pradesh, OP Singh on Friday said that the social media cell of Uttar Pradesh Police is on alert and keeping an eye on objectionable tweets, comments, and posts.

“We have marked 673 active accounts on social media for creating nuisance and cases are being registered. Internet could be blocked if a need is felt in any district,” he added.

7:15 am IST

PM Modi calls for peace, unity and harmony

On Friday night, PM Narendra Modi tweeted that the Supreme verdict in the Janmabhumi-Babri Masjid title suit won’t be a victory or defeat for anyone. He appealed the nation to maintain that the ruling in the verdict gives way to peace, unity and harmony.

7:10 am IST

Devotees leave Ayodhya

To avoid any kind of mishap or clash in the city, many devotees left Ayodhya before midnight as the Supreme Court is set to pronounce its verdict in the decades old title suit. The verdict will be announced at 10:30 am today.

7:00 am IST

Security heightened

Ahead of Supreme Court’s verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case today, security in Ayodhya has been heightened.

On Friday, the administration has asked citizens stay indoors and keep businesses closed, clamping a lockdown on the city in anticipation of the verdict. No vehicles are being allowed towards the city.

Security was also tightened in sensitive districts such as Meerut, Moradabad, Agra, Aligarh, Prayagraj, Lucknow and Gorakhpur.