New Delhi, Nov 9: The Supreme Court, while delivering its historic verdict on Saturday in the Ayodhya land dispute case, said the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, was "illegal" and no such incident should have taken place in a secular nation.
On this basis, the court ordered that five acres of land in Ayodhya be allotted for the construction of the Mosque.
The Constitution Bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said in its judgment that it is the responsibility of this court to rectify the mistakes committed earlier by exercising its rights under Section 142 of the Constitution.
"It will not be justice, if the court ignores the eligibility of the Muslim community, who were denied the structure of their Mosque by improper means, for a law-abiding secular nation.''
The Bench further said it was necessary to compensate the Muslim community for the illegal demolition of their place of worship.
"After assessing the nature of relief given to the Muslims, we order the Sunni Central Waqf Board to allot five acres. This land can be given from the Central government-occupied land or the state government of Uttar Pradesh within the boundary of Ayodhya city,'' it added. (UNI)