Ram Lalla lawyer claims in SC that slab from Babri debris showed Ram temple at site

The Muslim side has denied the authenticity of the rectangular slab and also claimed that it was placed at the disputed site after the demolition.

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The Sunni Central Wakf Board has also appealed against the 2010 Allahabad High Court order which ordered that they share the land in the ratio of 2:1. A five-judge bench of the court led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi is currently hearing the appeals.
The lawyer for Ram Lalla, senior advocate CS Vaidyanathan, claimed in the Supreme Court on Tuesday that a stone slab recovered from the debris of the Babri Masjid after its demolition in 1993 bore a Sanskrit inscription which recorded the existence of a Vishnu Hari temple at the disputed site during the reign of Gahadavala king Govindachandra in the 12th century.

That slab fell from the demolished structure, he claimed, citing eyewitness account of a “Panchjanya” reporter who was at the spot on December 6, 1993, and saw the demolition of the Babri Masjid structure. He was one of the witnesses who was examined during the hearing of the title suit in the High Court.

The Muslim side has denied the authenticity of the rectangular slab and also claimed that it was placed at the disputed site after the demolition. Vaidyanathan has been seeking sole and exclusive possession of the disputed 2.77 acres for the deity itself to the exclusion of the Nirmohi Akhara, the other stakeholder on the Hindu side.


The Sunni Central Wakf Board has also appealed against the 2010 Allahabad High Court order which ordered that they share the land in the ratio of 2:1. A five-judge bench of the court led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi is currently hearing the appeals.

The Akhara has already sought sole possession of the disputed land with only worshipping rights for other Hindu followers of Lord Ram. It will adduce oral and documentary evidence in favour of its claim at a later stage through senior advocate Sushil Kumar Jain.

Vaidyanathan on Tuesday went through the eyewitness accounts, including that of Muslims, to claim that Hindus have always worshipped the disputed site as the Ram Janmabhoomi. The Muslims refer to it as the Babri Masjid and the Hindus as the janmabhoomi, he said, citing the witness accounts.
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He also cited the translation of the Sanskrit inscription on the slab to claim that a Vishnu Hari temple existed at the sport in the 12th century. The mosque, he insisted, was not a valid mosque in which Muslims could pray as it was built over the earlier Hindu structure.

Under Islamic tenets, a mosque built on forcibly occupied land was not a valid mosque, he said. He also claimed that the pillars, etc., of the now demolished structure bore predominantly Hindu motifs such as lotuses, elephants and tortoises.
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