New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The much-awaited historic judgment in the politically crucial Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya will be delivered at 10:30 am on Saturday. The verdict that may change the course of political, social and religious fabric of the country will bring down curtains on the judicial battle over the 2.77-acre land that went on for 70 years.

A notice regarding the pronouncement of judgement by a Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, was uploaded on the official website of the Supreme Court late on Friday.

The Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi-led five-judge Constitution bench had reserved its verdict in the vexatious dispute on October 16 - the 40th and final day of day-to-day hearing which began on August 6 after the mediation proceedings failed to find an amicable solution.

Here are the key points related to the much-awaited verdict on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute:

* Security all across the country has been beefed up. States have put several cities on high alert and Section 144 has been imposed to avoid any untoward situation. 

* Ahead of the judgment by the Supreme Court, Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath has appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony. All other state governments, too, have urged people to maintain peace. 

* All schools, colleges, educational instutions and training centres to remain closed in Uttar Pradesh from November 9 to November 11 in view of the Supreme Court verdict of the case. Meanwhile, all schools will also be closed in Madhya Pradesh tomorrow.  

Whatever decision SC delivers in Ayodhya case, it'll not be a victory or defeat of anyone. My appeal to the countrymen is that it should be the priority of all of us that this decision should further strengthen the great tradition of peace,unity and goodwill of India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

*  The Centre has already rushed around 4,000 paramilitary personnel to Uttar Pradesh while the Railway police cancelled leave of its force and stepped up vigil at 78 major stations and on trains as part of its security preparedness ahead of the verdict.

Hours before the notice, the CJI in the pre-noon held a meeting with Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari and DGP Om Prakash Singh who apprised him about the security arrangements made to maintain law and order in the state. The meeting was held in the CJI's chamber.

A brief recap of the case

Fourteen appeals have been filed in the Supreme Court against the Allahabad High Court’s 2010 judgment, delivered in four civil suits, which had partitioned the 2.77-acre disputed land equally among the three parties -- the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.   

Initially, five lawsuits were filed in the lower court. The first one was filed by Gopal Singh Visharad, a devotee of 'Ram Lalla', in 1950 to seek enforcement of the right to worship of Hindus at the disputed site.

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In the same year, the Paramahansa Ramachandra Das had also filed the lawsuit for continuation of worship and keeping the idols under the central dome of the now-demolished disputed structure. The plea was later withdrawn.

Later, the Nirmohi Akahara also moved the trial court in 1959 seeking management and 'shebaiti' (devotee) rights over the 2.77 acre disputed land.

Then came the lawsuit of the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Wakf Board which moved the court in 1961, claiming title right over the disputed property.

The deity, 'Ram Lalla Virajman' through next friend and former Allahabad High Court judge Deoki Nandan Agrawal, and the Janambhoomi (the birthplace) moved the lawsuit in 1989, seeking title right over the entire disputed property on the key ground that the land itself has the character of the deity and of a 'Juristic entity'.

Later, all the lawsuits were transferred to the Allahabad High Court for adjudication following the demolition of the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri masjid structure on December 6, 1992, sparking communal riots in the country.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta