After the Supreme Court of India pronounced the verdict on Ayodhya land dispute case on Saturday, the Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal welcomed the verdict. He reiterated that the conclusion of the case was 'democratic' and everyone should 'accept it'. This comes as the Supreme Court of India passed the judgement after the day-to-day hearings, which ran for 40 days, along with a parallel mediation process. Although the mediation process failed the Supreme Court concluded the hearing and reserved their judgement in the case on October 16.
I welcome the verdict. It's a democratic verdict. Everyone should accept it. I appeal all to maintain peace and tranquility in the society
The judgement in the politically sensitive Ayodhya land title dispute case finally delivered by the SC states that the title suit of the disputed area has been awarded to the Hindu parties for the construction of a temple. It also directed the Centre to come up with a scheme within three months to set up a trust which will hand over the outer courtyard and inner courtyard of the site for construction of a temple. Apart from this, the SC stated that an alternate land of 5 acres is to be allotted to Muslims for the liberty of constructing a mosque, either by the central govt or the State govt, in a suitable and prominent place in Ayodhya. CJI Ranjan Gogoi, while delivering the unanimous judgment, dismissed the claims of the Sunni Central Waqf Board and the Nirmohi Akhara. He also termed that the three-way division of the disputed land by the Allahabad HC in its 2010 verdict is wrong.
The five-judge bench was constituted on January 25, 2019, to hear the long-contested Ayodhya dispute. As the case progressed after the Centre handed over disputed Ayodhya site to original owners, the bench created a 3-member mediation panel. On August 2, a day after the mediation panel submitted the report of mediation to the SC in a sealed cover, the SC stated that the mediation had failed and began day-to-day hearings - which ran for 40 days, along with a parallel mediation process continuing. The SC announced that it would wrap up the hearing on October 17 and announce its judgment by November 17. Finally, on October 16, the Supreme Court concluded its hearing, reserved its order and the mediation panel submitting its settlement report before the Supreme Court after the Sunni Waqf board surrendered its claim over the disputed land in Ayodhya.