On Friday, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will meet with the top officials of Uttar Pradesh to discuss law and order before the Ayodhya Temple-Mosque Verdict, said sources. Mr. Gogoi has called Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari and Police Chief Om Prakash Singh at his chamber, informed sources, to discuss the arrangement ahead of the landmark verdict with huge interference on the nation and its politics.
The top court is likely to deliver its judgment in the ancient Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute by next week, before November 15 is the last working day of Mr. Gogoi. Rajan Gogoi will retire on November 17 as the Chief Justice of India.
Justice SA Bobde will take over as the new Chief Justice of India. He had termed the Ayodhya land dispute as “one of the most important in the world.” The Chief Justice designation is a part of the five-judge bench that will hear 133-year-old title suit for more than 40-days.
Approaching for peace has come from Muslim and Hindu organizations and several political leaders before the announcement of the verdict.
Meanwhile, the Home Ministry has directed all stated to be on high alert. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his cabinet to ensure that there are no pointless statements around the verdict.
On Thursday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has held a 3-hours review meeting with top administrative and police officials in Lucknow.
CM Adityanath has urged for two helicopters to be on standby, one in Ayodhya and one in Lucknow, to control any possible emergency. All senior district officials have also been directed to visit villages and smaller towns, run camp at vulnerable spots, and hold meetings to maintain peace in the state at all costs. He further asked the police brass to control social media and take necessary action against those who attempt to create violence.
In Ayodhya, large gatherings are also banned till December, and police have been powered that the strict National Security Act to be used against troublemakers, if required.
The decades-long dispute over 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya, claimed by both Muslims and Hindus, has conquered political discussion since the 1980s.
In 1992, rightwing activities destroyed the 16th Century Babri Masjid, which they believed was developed on the ruins of an ancient shrine that marks the birthplace of Lord Ram. In the riots that followed, around three thousands of people have lost their lives across the nation.