With 48 hours of the Ayodhya verdict, the Centre has started the process of setting up a trust, to build a new temple, with a team of officers from Ministries of Home, Law, and Culture. The opinion of the Attorney General and Solicitor General will be taken on how to proceed on setting up the temple trust that will oversee the construction and management of Ram temple in Ayodhya, said officials.
It is learned that the structure of the Trust will be decided by the political leadership headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Meanwhile, the RSS-BJP-VHP leadership has started discussions in this regard.
According to officials, currently, the team constituted will study the Supreme Court verdict in threadbare and technicalities in the formation of the trust which is mandated by the Supreme Court to form in three months. Union Home Ministry or Ministry of Culture will be expected to be the Nodal Ministry in the creation of the trust, they said, adding that consultations will also soon start with Uttar Pradesh Government also on this regard.
In a unanimous verdict on Saturday, a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi cleared the way for the construction of a Ram temple at the 2.77-acre disputed site in Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a five-acre plot at a “prominent” location to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque. “The Central Government shall, within a period of three months from the date of this judgment, formulate a scheme” under the Acquisition of Certain Area at Ayodhya Act, 1993.
“The scheme shall envisage the setting up of a trust with a board of trustees or any other appropriate body… The scheme to be framed by Central Government shall make necessary provisions regarding the functioning of the trust or body including on matters relating to the management of the trust, the powers of the trustees including the construction of a temple and all necessary, incidental and supplemental matters,” said the judgment.
It is learned that Centre will task the Uttar Pradesh Government to find the five-acre land for the construction of the new Masjid in consultation with Sunni Waqf Board. The Apex Court directed the Centre or the State Government to simultaneously hand over a suitable plot of five acres to Sunni Waqf Board for construction of a mosque in Ayodhya.
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