Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday called a high-level security meeting at his residence in New Delhi to take stock of the security preparation ahead of the much-awaited Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya title dispute. National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Intelligence Bureau (IB) Chief, Arvind Kumar, and other senior officials will attend the meeting. The SC is scheduled to pronounce its judgement on the decades-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title case.
A five-judge constitution bench after its marathon 40-day-hearing had reserved the verdict on October 16. Apart from Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi who is set to demit office on November 17, the bench comprises incoming CJI SA Bobde, Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Abdul Naseer. The apex court will deliver a verdict on 14 appeals. Even as we wait for the verdict, here are the questions before the top court that may be considered before pronouncement of the verdict.
Ahead of the verdict, security in Ayodhya has been beefed up. So far, 18,000 police officers, 3,000 state Rapid Action Force staff and 4,000 Central forces have been deployed to maintain law and order. All government and private colleges and schools have been shut in Uttar Pradesh till November 11, announced UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Friday night. Section 144 has been imposed in parts of Ayodhya. According to sources, State Chief Secretary and UP DGP themselves will be on ground zero to monitor the situation. The District Magistrate will be taking an hourly update directly from the Chief Minister's Office. Moreover, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will remain in a 'ready to move' position. Apart from this, 9 helicopters have been arranged for urgent movement basis while 3 separate choppers will be made available for aerial monitoring. Drones are being used in sensitive areas to monitor any spurious activity.