The Ayodhya Judgment

Upholding constitutional secularism and avoiding communal discord

Formally known as Dr. M Ismail Furuqui and others v Union of India (1994). The Court upheld the provision by which the site of Babri Masjid was acquired by the Central Government. Although a controversial move, this was seen as critical to defusing tension regarding whether Hindus or Muslims had claim to the site at Babri Masjid, in the aftermath of the Bombay riots. Justice Verma recognised the importance of maintaining state authority to avoid communal violence and unecessary death and destruction.