Hyderabad - AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday said that the Supreme Court is "supreme but not infallible" and termed its judgment in the Ayodhya title dispute case as a victory of "faith over facts".
Reacting to the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case, Owaisi expressed apprehension that the Sangh Pariwar will now target other mosques, including those at Mathura and Kashi.
The Hyderabad MP also cautioned that the country was heading on the path of a ''Hindu rashtra''.
In what will go down in history as one of its most landmark verdicts, the Supreme Court on Saturday granted the ownership of the 2.77 acres of disputed land in Ayodhya to the Hindus, paving the way for the construction of a Ram Temple, and ruled that the Muslims will get 5 acres of land at an alternative site.
Owaisi told reporters that those who demolished the Babri Masjid were entrusted with the land to build Ram temple. "If Babri Masjid was not demolished on December 6, 1992, what would have been the judgment of the Supreme Court," he asked.
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President said that the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) will decide on the offer of 5 acres of alternate land to build the mosque. He said his personal view was that the offer should be rejected.
Referring to the Congress, he said the party showed its true colours through its reaction on the Supreme Court verdict. "But for hypocrisy and deceit of the Congress, this judgment would not have come," he said, recalling that it was during Congress rule that idols were placed in the mosque, its locks were opened and the mosque was demolished.
Mystery judge on Ayodhya bench felt Hindu faith important
One of the five judges on the Supreme Court''s Ayodhya bench has offered a different perspective on the question of birth of Lord Ram. However, the judgement does not name the judge, but his observation has included as addendum. The judge felt Hindu''s faith is important.
"...the conclusion that faith and belief of Hindus since prior to construction of mosque and subsequent thereto has always been that Janmasthan of Lord Ram is the place where Babri Mosque has been constructed which faith and belief is proved by documentary and oral evidence discussed...," the judge concluded.
This judge observed that evidence on record clearly establishes that the Hindus'' faith and belief that the mosque was constructed at the birth place of Lord Ram, and the three-dome structure was the birth place of the deity.
The fact that Hindus were, by constructing iron wall dividing the mosque premises, kept outside the three-dome structure cannot be said to alter their faith and belief regarding the birth place of Lord Ram. "The worship on the Ram Chabutra in the outer courtyard was symbolic worship of Lord Ram who was believed to be born in the premises," said the judge.
The judge observed that it was only during the British period that a grille was constructed dividing the walled premises of the mosque into an inner courtyard and outer courtyard.
"Grilled iron wall was constructed to keep Hindus outside the grilled iron wall in the outer courtyard. In view of the construction of the iron wall, the worship and puja started in Ram Chabutra in the outer courtyard. Suit of 1885 was filed seeking permission to construct temple on the said Chabutra where worship was permitted by the British Authority," said the judge
Ayodhya verdict: Security forces across India on their toes to maintain peace
An overwhelming presence of men and women in 'khaki' on ground, intensive patrolling and monitoring of various social media platforms were the drill followed by state police forces to check any inflammatory or mischievous act in the wake of the Supreme Court verdict that cleared the way for creation of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.
The Union home ministry, from its North Block office atop the Raisina Hill here, kept a "constant and engaging" vigil across the country with central paramilitary forces, intelligence agencies and state police forces in toe.
Union home minister Amit Shah called a meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, home secretary Ajit Bhalla, Director of the Intelligence Bureau Arvind Kumar at his residence even as he talked to some chief ministers such as Yogi Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh and Kamal Nath in Madhya Pradesh among others informing them about the support and available reinforcements, in case they needed any.
A senior home ministry official also kept in touch with chiefs of state police forces and CAPFs during the day, a senior official said.
Police forces in various states undertook prohibitive measures like clamping section 144 to prevent unlawful assembly and undertaking patrolling in sensitive and busy market areas to send a stern message against elements who may attempt to use the apex court's verdict to provoke sentiments of the common people.
"The situation in the entire state is absolutely normal. There has been no untoward incident till now. We had directed our field officers to keep patrolling and we are also preparing for police management for the festivals that will begin from Sunday," UP Director General of Police (DGP) O P Singh told PTI.
Additional DGP (Law and Order) of UP P V Ramasastry said around 80 cases have been registered in the past 10 days against people using social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to spread wrong information with an aim to trigger communal riots in the state.
A strong posse of 40 armed Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) companies (about 4,000 personnel) were put on full operational readiness in UP and areas in and around Ayodhya district, a senior CAPF officer said.
The law and order situation in Ayodhya has been normal and people are carrying out normal activities along with pilgrims who come to the town, another official said.
A reserve of about 20 CAPF com
panies is on standby and can be mobilised quickly to any part of the country, he said.
In Delhi, the police issued prohibitory orders to maintain public order.
"Delhi Police will initiate strict legal action against mischief mongers or those found indulging in any activity which may adversely affect the peace and public order.
"Activities on social media platforms will be under observation and Delhi Police advises that such platforms should be used with discretion, and users should restrain from spreading any disharmony, hatred or enmity," the police said in an advisory.
In neighbouring Noida, two people were taken into preventive custody for allegedly spreading rumours.
A 30-year-old man was arrested for putting up an objectionable post related to the case on the social media in Rajasthan's Bikaner district.
Restrictions were imposed by the police in the entire Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir as a precautionary measure.
While the West Bengal government put all the police stations on high alert in view of the verdict, the Gujarat police establishment was on high alert to check occurrence of any untoward incident.
The Himachal Pradesh police issued a warning against the circulation of fake news in the wake of the verdict.
Strict penal action will be taken against those who indulge in circulation of fake news, morphed pictures, doctored videos or any inflammatory material, said Solan Superintendent of Police Madhusudan Sharma in a statement on Saturday morning.
All the central police and intelligence agencies kept exchanging notes on the developments in their areas and this drill will continue for the next few days, the senior official quoted above said.
He said state police forces are making extensive use of data analytics, technology tools like CCTVs and drones and tracking social media to ensure that if anything inflammatory or provocative is written or published over these platforms it is removed and the guilty are acted upon.
‘No place for bitterness, fear, negativity in new India’
India's credo of unity in diversity was visible in its totality after the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute as all sections of the society accepted it with an open heart, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday, urging people to shun bitterness and negativity for the sake of a new India.
Addressing the nation hours after the top court gave its judgment, Modi said the way each section of the society welcomed the verdict reflects India's ancient traditions of amity and harmony.
He said India's credo of unity in diversity is today visible in its totality.
He also expressed happiness that the five-judge bench of the top court was unanimous in its order.
He said peace, unity and amity are essential for development of India and described November 9 as a day to forget any bitterness one may have. He said there is no place for fear, bitterness and negativity in new India.
Settling a fractious issue that goes back more than a century, the Supreme Court in a historic verdict on Saturday backed the construction of a Ram temple by a trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and ruled that an alternative five-acre plot must be found for a mosque in the Hindu holy town.
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