12 April, 2021

Ayodhya: The Legal Wrangle

Tracing the genealogy of the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute as also its chronological progress through the law of our land

Ayodhya: The Legal Wrangle
The petitions:

  • Jan 16, 1950: Gopal Singh Visharad files a case in the court of the civil judge, Faizabad, seeking permission to worship the deities installed at "Asthan Janma Bhoomi". An interim injunction restraining Muslims from removing the idols is granted.

  • Dec 5, 1950: Paramhans Ram Chandra Das files a suit seeking permission for "worship and darshan without any check, obstruction or interference".

  • Feb 1, 1951: Civil judge, Faizabad, consolidates the suits filed by Visharad and Das.

  • Dec 17, 1959: On behalf of the Nirmohi Akhara, Mahant Raghunath files a third suit in the court of the civil judge, Faizabad, seeking to remove Priya Dutt Ram from the management of the "temple" and take charge himself.

  • Dec 16, 1961: The Sunni Central Boards of Waqfs, UP, and others file a suit against Visharad, seeking "a decree for the delivery of possession of the mosque and graveyard by removal of the idols and other articles..."

  • Apr 6, 1964: All three suits filed by Hindus and the one filed by the Waqf Board are...
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