A three-judge bench, comprising a Muslim and two Hindus, of the Allahabad High Court's Lucknow bench ruled by majority that a Ram temple had been destroyed to build the Babri mosque in Ayodhya in the 16th century and so the mosque violated Islamic tenets. But judges S.U. Khan, D.V. Sharma and Sudhir Agarwal ruled that the entire disputed land in Ayodhya, a riverside town in Uttar Pradesh which for decades became synonymous with Hindu-Muslim tensions, should be divided among the Sunni Waqf Board, Hindus and the Nirmohi Akhara, a Hindu sect who were among those who fought the court battle.
The status quo, however, would be maintained for the next three months.
Image: (L-R) Justice Dharam Veer Sharma, Justice Sibghat Ullah Khan and Justice Sudhir Agarwal, the three judges of the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court who delivered the verdict on Ayodhya title suits in Lucknow on Thursday. (Photographs copyright PTI)