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SC paves way for temple at disputed site at Ayodhya, alternative land for mosque | Top highlights

In an unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court today paved the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot an alternative 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a 'prominent' place in the holy town in Uttar Pradesh

In one of the most important and most anticipated judgements in India's history, a 5-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi put an end to the more than a century old dispute.

Here are the LIVE UPDATES on Ayodhya land dispute case:

-Comment | Expressing his concerns with the Supreme Court ruling on Ayodhya verdict and Congress’s reaction to the judgment, Asaduddin Owaisi said that Muslims have been deceived by political parties.

-On Ayodhya ruling, Asaduddin Owaisi said the Supreme Court is supreme but not infallible

-Ayodhya verdict ends a historical dispute, let’s welcome it and spread brotherhood, says Afzal Ansari, Lok Sabha MP and Leader BSP

-"We all have a duty to respectfully accept the verdict and honour it. Verdict has come from the Supreme court. As Indians we are bound to respect it , honour it and follow it," Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan.

-Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan appealed to the people to excercise restriant in their reaction to the Supreme court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case and not to disrupt the state's harmony.

-Comment | Baba Ramdev: This is a historic verdict. A grand Ram temple will be built. Decision to allot alternate land to Muslim side is welcome, I believe Hindu brothers should help in the construction of the Masjid as well.

-May this very spirit of unity and togetherness power the development trajectory of our nation. May every Indian be empowered," tweeted PM Modi after Ayodhya verdict. “The calm and peace maintained by 130 crore Indians in the run-up to today’s verdict manifests India’s inherent commitment to peaceful coexistence.

-We welcome the decision of the Honourable Supreme Court. I appeal all to help maintain peace and harmony in the country. The Uttar Pradesh government is committed towards maintaining an atmosphere of peace and security in the state: UP CM Yogi Adityanath

-SC judgment should not be seen as victory or defeat: RSS chief

-Comment | Mohan Bhagwat,RSS Chief: We welcome this decision of Supreme Court. This case was going on for decades and it has reached the right conclusion. This should not be seen as a win or loss.We also welcome everyone's efforts to maintain peace and harmony in society.

-Comment | There is no Hindu-Muslim, they are the people of India: Mohan Bhagwat

-Comment | It's time to put everything behind us and work together towards building a grand temple: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

-Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict and said the decision taken ‘amicably’ will ‘further strengthen’ confidence in the judicial system.

-Supreme Court on Saturday ordered setting up of a trust that would eventually pave the way for construction of a temple in Ayodhya. Here's a timeline

-Amit Shah appeals to all communities to accept SC judgement, maintain peace and remain committed to 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat'.

-Amit Shah expresses gratitude to all groups, countless unknown people who strived for legal resolution of Ram Janmaboomi-Babri Masjid dispute

-Comment | "5 men. A decision that 1.3bn people were awaiting. What extraordinary courage it required to be on this bench & what incredible application of mind it must have taken to reach the conclusion. I salute them for doing their duty & upholding the process of justice in our nation," Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group.

-Comment | "The Judgment of Hon'ble Supreme Court on Ayodhya is historic. The Judgement will further strengthen India’s social fabric. I urge everyone to take the verdict with equanimity and magnanimity. I also appeal to the people to maintain peace & harmony after this landmark verdict," Rajnath Singh, defence minister said.

-Comment | "Let us all respect and welcome the decision of the Honorable Supreme Court. Nobody has lost. Our country has always given a message of peace to the world. I appeal to all the country and people to maintain unity, love, harmony and brotherhood among themselves," Shivraj Singh Chouhan, former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh said.

-Comment | "The most respected and expected decision by the Hon'ble Supreme Court. Court verdict on Ayodhya is a victory to each and every citizen of India. Religion and harmony is what we are Known for," Satish Upadhyay, BJP leader said.

-Soon after Supreme Court pronounced its verdict in the Ayodhya title dispute; several hashtags like 'HinduMuslimBhaiBhai' and 'AyodhyaVerdict' were seen among the top trends on Twitter in India and worldwide.

-The Supreme Court in a unanimous verdict granted the entire 2.77 acre of disputed land in Ayodhya to deity Ram Lalla in a set of four directions. The pronouncement of the verdict, which commenced at 10:30 AM, went on for 45 minutes. A 5-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also directed the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government to allot a 5-acre land to Muslims at a "prominent" place in Ayodhya for building a mosque.

-Comment | We respect the verdict of the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya case. We appeal to all the parties concerned and to all communities to abide by the secular values and spirit of fraternity enshrined in our Constitution and to maintain peace and harmony. It is the responsibility of each one of us to reaffirm our tradition of mutual respect and unity among all that has defined our society through the ages: Congress

-Comment | Zafaryab Jilani, Sunni Waqf Board lawyer as saying, “we respect the judgment but we are not satisfied, we will decide the further course of action : ANI

-Comment | Iqbal Ansari, one of the litigants in Ayodhya case: I am happy that Supreme Court has finally delivered a verdict, I respect the judgement of the court: ANI

-Comment | "It is a landmark judgment. I appeal to the public to maintain peace and calm," Defence minister Rajnath Singh said.

-Comment | Everyone must accept the Supreme Court judgment and maintain peace: Nitin Gadkari, Union minister

-Comment | We respect, accept verdict, says Ajmer Dargah

-Comment | "Supreme Court's judgment should be welcomed by everyone. It will be beneficial for social harmony. There should be no further dispute on this issue. That is my appeal to people," Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said.

-Comment | ''It is a historic judgement. With this judgement, the Supreme Court has given the message of unity in diversity'': Varun Kumar Sinha, Lawyer of Hindu Mahasabha

-Comment | "We respect the judgement but we are not satisfied, we will decide further course of action", says Zafaryab Jilani, Sunni Waqf Board lawyer

-Comment | "After hearing the arguments of all the parties, the five judges of the SC Bench gave their verdict today unanimously. We welcome the decision of the SC. Today SC gave decision on several decades of controversy. The years-old dispute ended today. I appeal to all people to maintain peace and harmony," Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said

-The Supreme Court cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.

-SC directs Centre and UP govt to allot 5 acre land to the Muslims at a prominent place for building mosque: PTI

-“On the question of whether a Hindu temple was demolished at the contested site in Ayodhya, the ASI has left it unanswered," the CJI said in while delivering the verdict.

-Supreme Court orders that Central Govt within 3-4 months formulate scheme for setting up of trust and hand over the disputed site to it for construction of temple at the site and a suitable alternative plot of land measuring 5 acres at Ayodhya will be given to Sunni Wakf Board: ANI

-Temple to come up in disputed Ayodhya site, rules Supreme Court

-Supreme Court orders construction of a temple in Ayodhya at the disputed site where a 16th century Babri Masjid was razed by a Hindu mob on December 6, 1992. The five-judge bench also ordered allotment of 5-acre land to Muslims for construction of a mosque. This brings to an end an almost 70-year dispute that has divided Muslims and Hindus.

-A high level meeting is currently underway at Home Minister Amit Shah’s residence. NSA Ajit Doval, Home Secretary and Director IB present in the meeting.

-Hindus always believed birthplace of Lord Ram was in inner courtyard of mosque: SC

-Evidence in the records shows that Hindus in the possession of the outer court: CJI Gogoi

-The five-judge bench of the Supreme Court unanimously said the faith of Hindus in Lord Ram was undisputed. It also said the Archaeological Survey of India had suggested that a Ram temple did indeed exist at the disputed Ayodhya site where Babri Masjid was razed by a Hindu mob on December 6, 1992.

-Title to the land should be decided based on settled legal principles, says Supreme Court

-Babri Masjid not constructed on vacant land, structure underlying the disputed site not Islamic, says Supreme Court

-ASI credentials are beyond doubt and the findings cannot be neglected, says CJI

-ASI findings can't be disputed: CJI Gogoi

-Ram Janmabhoomi not a juristic person, holds Supreme Court

-Idols of deity were placed at the structure in 1949: CJI Gogoi

-Places of Worship Act reaffirms commitment of India to protect the interests of all religious community, says CJI-led bench

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

-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

-CJI Ranjan Gogoi: Must preserve sense of balance

-'The Ayodhya judgment will be an unanimous judgment.' Pronouncement of judgment will last for half an hour, the bench says

-Supreme Court Judges are signing the judgment copies. Will read out the order shortly

-Ayodhya judgement is unanimous

-Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC imposed in Mumbai. According to the office of Commissioner of Mumbai Police the order will be in place till 11 am on Sunday subject to further review.

-Restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of Ayodhya verdict

-Chief Justice Gogoi had met top Uttar Pradesh officials to discuss law-and-order arrangements on Friday. At least 12,000 security personnel have been posted in Uttar Pradesh, where Ayodhya is situated.

-The five-judge constitution bench headed by the Chief Justice heard the case for 40 days. The other members of the bench are Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer.

-The landmark verdict will be delivered at 10:30 am today.

-The Supreme Court will deliver its verdict on a batch of petitions challenging September 30, 2010, Allahabad high court order, which trifurcated the 2.77 acres disputed land between the Nirmohi Akhara, the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board, and Ramlalla Virajman

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