In an historic ruling, the Supreme Court of India on Saturday gave its verdict in the prolonged Ayodhya disputed land case and stated that the entire disputed land will be given to the Hindu community to build a temple. In its unanimous verdict, CJI Ranjan Gogoi also stated that an alternative 5 acres of land in a "suitable, prominent place in Ayodhya" is to be allotted to the Sunni Waqf board to build a mosque. Kartik Chopra, Spokesperson of Nirmohi Akhara said that the Nirmohi Akhara was grateful to the Supreme Court.
The Spokesperson of the Nirmohi Akhara, Kartik Chopra said, "Nirmohi Akhara is grateful that SC has recognised our fight of last 150 years and has given the Nirmohi Akhara adequate representation in the trust to be set up by the Central Government to build & manage the Shri Ram Janmasthan Temple."
The SC Bench comprising of SA Bobde, Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan, and Justice Abdul Naseer and headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi stated that Allahabad HC was wrong in dividing the disputed site into three parts and the entire land should be considered as one part.
The Nirmohi Akhara is a monastery for the Lord Ram devotees which had come into existence in 1400 AD. The party had filed a suit in 1959 claiming to be the custodian of the property and seeking complete possession of the disputed land in Ayodhya.
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.