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MHA begins temple trust formation job

The Union Home Ministry has initiated the process of setting up a trust to fix the modalities for the construction of a temple in Ayodhya as per the Supreme Court order in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case delivered on Saturday.

Ministry officials are examining the 1,045-page verdict and will soon seek the opinion of the Law Ministry and the Attorney- General on how to proceed with setting up a trust. An official said the technical aspects of the order were being studied.

However, another official said it was not clear whether the Home Ministry or the Culture Ministry would be the nodal body for the trust.

In its unanimous verdict, the court said: “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 in regard to 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,” the court ruled.

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