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Ayodhya verdict live updates | In an unanimous judgment, the Bench dismisses Shia Waqf Board’s petition

The five-judge Consitution Bench of Supreme Court will deliver its verdict on appeal against Allahabad High Court’s verdict of splitting the disputed Ayodhya land among Hindus and Muslims.

A Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi will on November 9 deliver its judgment in the cross-appeals filed by the Hindu and Muslim sides challenging the three-way partition of the disputed 2.77 acres of Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land among Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and the Sunni Waqf Board in September 2010.

Here are the live updates:

10.40 AM

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi while reading out judgment says, this court must accept faith and accept belief of worshippers. Court should preserve balance.

The CJI says Ramjanmabhoomi is not a legal personality. The deity is a juridical person.

10.30 AM

The proceedings begin in Supreme Court.  The five-judge Constitution Bench begins reading out the verdict.

The first one to be taken up is the dispute between Shia and Sunni Waqf Boards. Both of them claimed the Babri masjid that once stood in the disputed site belonged to them. The Shia Board was even ready to give up the land to the Hindus in lieu of another place, but the Sunnis were opposed to it.

The Allahabad High Court had award one-third of the land to the Sunni Wakf Board.

 In a unanimous decision, Shia petition has been dismissed.

10.30 AM

#HinduMuslimBhaiBhai trends on Twitter

As the nation awaits the Ayodhya verdict, #HinduMuslimBhaiBhai began trending on Twitter. The Twitteratti used the platform to spread love and harmony.

Images of Hindus and Muslims playing together were also being shared.

10.04 AM

Security around Supreme Court beefed up

Security in and around the Supreme Court was increased on Saturday ahead of the judgment in the politically sensitive Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, with barricades being put on roads leading to the apex court’s premises.

The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce the judgment at 10:30 am.

A strong posse of security personnel have been deployed around the court complex and vehicles and pedestrians are being subjected to full checks.

Security outside the residences of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, who are part of the five-judge Constitution Bench, which will deliver the judgment, has also been beefed up by the Delhi Police.

9.45 AM

Congress leaders to meet Saturday morning, ahead of Ayodhya verdict

Congress top brass would be meeting on Saturday morning to discuss its strategy in the wake of the Ayodhya verdict by the Supreme Court.

Congress general secretary organisation KC Venugopal said the meeting of the CWC would be held tomorrow morning. It was earlier to be held on Sunday.

“The CWC meeting has been rescheduled to tomorrow 09.11.19, 0945 am at 10 Janpath. CWC members, Permanent Invitees & Special invitees will be attending the meeting,” Mr. Venugopal tweeted.

BHOPAL | 9.40 AM

Madhya Pradesh tightens inter-State border vigil

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bala Bachchan has directed the police to step up vigil along inter-State borders, regulate the social media and crackdown on rabble-rousers as part of a string of precautionary measures ahead of the Ayodhya case verdict.

“Shanti samiti meetings were organised at the mohalla-level to quell fear among people and foster a peaceful atmosphere,” said Director General of Police V.K. Singh.

All the vulnerable areas had been identified based on previous incidents of violence there and Section 144 of the Code Of Criminal Procedure, 1973, prohibiting unlawful assembly, had been imposed across the State, he added.

Meanwhile, the Bhopal district administration has constituted a six-member core group comprising government officials and college professors to monitor the social media in coordination with the cyber cell of the police. – Sidharth Yadav

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