Committed to protect all religions, says SC

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By Our Correspondent

NEW DELHI/FAIZABAD/LUCKNOW: The Supreme Court on Saturday said it is committed to protect all religion and ASI an expert authority and Archaeological evidence cannot be brushed aside as conjecture and hypothesis. Babri Masjid was not constructed on vacant land but on a Hindu structure.

ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) credentials are beyond doubt and the findings cannot be neglected, says CJI.

SC says that the disputed land was the government land in the revenue records. Nirmohi Akhara suit is not maintainable and it has no shebait rights (priestly rights), rules SC.

Idols of deity were placed at the structure in 1949: CJI. Places of Worship Act reaffirms commitment of India to protect the interests of all religious communities, says CJI-led bench

It is inappropriate for the court to get into the area of theology, says CJI.

Babri mosque was built by Mir Baqi, says CJI Gogoi while reading out the unanimous verdict. SC dismisses plea of Shia Waqf Board against Sunni Board on claim to Babri Masjid.

Accounts of travellers and historians mention faith of Hindus that the place is birthplace of Lord Ram. The account of travellers has to be read with circumspection, SC says.

Whether belief and faith is justified is beyond the ken of judicial scrutiny: SC. Faith and belief of Ayodhya being birthplace of Ram is undisputed so is that of Muslims to worship at the mosque: SC. Title of the land can be decided only on legal evidence, SC says

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