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1528: Mir Baqi, a noble under Mughal emperor Babar, builds the mosque.

Hindus claim
it was built on a temple which is the birthplace of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. The dispute
continues through the British rule.

1949: Idols of Lord Ram appear inside the mosque, allegedly placed by some Hindus.
Muslims protest & both parties file civil suits. Hashim Ansari was plaintiff for Muslims
& Mahant Paramhans Ramchandra Das for Hindus. The govt proclaims the premises
disputed & locks the gates.

1950: Gopal Singh Visharad and Mahant Paramhans Ramchandra Das file suits in
Faizabad, asking for permission to offer prayers to the idols installed at Janmasthan.
Inner courtyard gates are locked, but puja is allowed.

1959: Nirmohi Akhara and Mahant Raghunath file a case, seeking permission to conduct
puja.

1961: Sunni Central Board of Waqfs, UP, files a case claiming the mosque and the
surrounding land was a graveyard.

1984: VHP forms a group to spearhead temple movement. BJP leader LK Advani, takes
over leadership of the campaign.

Feb 1, 1986: Faizabad district judge orders the gates of disputed shrine to be opened to
Hindus for worship. Babri Masjid Action Committee formed shortly thereafter.

1989: Then PM Rajiv Gandhi allowed shilanyas, or ground breaking ceremony, at a


nearby undisputed site. The hearing of the case is shifted to the high court.

Sep 25, 1990: Then BJP president LK Advani launches Rath Yatra from Somnath to
Ayodhya.
Nov 1990: Advani's Rath Yatra is stopped & he's arrested in Samastipur, Bihar.
Following this, the VP Singh-led coalition govt, propped by the Left & BJP, falls after
the BJP withdraws support.

Dec 6, 1992: The disputed structure is demolished & P V Narasimha Rao-led Congress
government lets a makeshift temple appear in its place before moving the court for status
quo.

Mar 5, 2003: The Allahabad high court orders the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)
to undertake excavation of the disputed site to ascertain whether a temple existed at the
place where the Babri Masjid was constructed.

Aug 22, 2003: ASI submits its final report to the Allahabad high court. The 574-page
report says that excavations found distinctive features of a 10th century temple beneath
the Babri Masjid site.
Aug 31, 2003: All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) announces that it will
challenge the ASI report on Ayodhya excavations.

Jul 26, 2010: The bench reserves its judgment in the 60-year-old case, offers all parties a
chance for amicable settlement. But nobody comes forward.

Sep 8, 2010 The HC bench announces that the verdict will be delivered on Sept 24.

Sep 14: A writ is filed to defer the judgment and consider peaceful settlement of the
dispute but the court deferred the judgement on Sept 17.

Sep 23: SC delays HC verdict, giving talks a final chance.

Sep 28: SC gives go-ahead to HC. Allahab HC to deliver order on September 30.