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    Default Court awards two-thirds of Ayodhya site to Hindu parties, one-third to Waqf Board

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    Sixty years after the matter first went into litigation, a special bench of the Allahabad High Court has ruled that the disputed land in Ayodhya where the Babri Masjid stood for 500 years until it was demolished in 1992 shall be divided into three parts with a two-third portion to be shared by two Hindu plaintiffs and one-third to be given to the Sunni Muslim Waqf Board.

    By a majority verdict of 2-1, Hindu plaintiffs representing Lord Ram, the Nirmohi Akhara and the Waqf Board were declared joint title holders of the disputed property. Simultaneously, the bench asserted that the portion under the central dome of the three-domed structure where the idol of Ram Lalla has been kept in a makeshift temple is the birthplace of Lord Rama “as per faith and belief of the Hindus”.

    Delivering its much-awaited judgment on Thursday, the bench of Justice SU Khan, Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Justice DV Sharma dismissed the suit filed by the Sunni Waqf Board for possession of the Babri Masjid because it was time barred, cited faith as the basis for declaring the disputed site the janmasthan of Lord Ram, but ordered a three-way partition on the basis of historical use of the site by both Muslims and Hindus.

    A disappointed Waqf Board said it would file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the judgment of the Allahabad High Court. Addressing a press conference here after the verdict, Waqf Board counsel Zafaryab Jilani, said the All India Muslim Personal Law Board would decide on the date for filing the appeal.
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