1528 Babar’s commander, Mir Baqi, builds the mosque
1856 Awadh’s Nawab Wajid Ali Shah removed from power and exiled to Calcutta
1857 The epoch-making Indian rebellion takes place. Awadh is one of its main centres.
1859 British administrator erects fence to separate the places of worship, with the inner court to be used by Muslims and outer court by Hindus
1885 The “Janam Asthan” suit of Mahant Raghubardas, seeking permission to build a temple over a chabutra, denied and dismissed
1934 Communal riot triggered by news of cow slaughter in Shahjahanpur damages mosque, but it is subsequently repaired
1944 Commissioner of waqfs declares the land to be Sunnis’ property as Babar was a Sunni
1949 Ram idol appears inside the mosque, Muslims complain and file suit. Hindus file counter-suit, leading the government to declare it disputed and lock its gate.
1950-59 Hindu priests file a number of suits in the next nine years demanding the right to perform puja and place idols inside the structure, and the Nirmohi Akhara files a suit demanding actual control of the site in 1959
1964 VHP formed to safeguard “Hindu interests”
1984 Parliament elections in the wake of Indira Gandhi’s assassination...
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Justice Sambre has once again adjourned the hearing. The Bombay High Court will hear the petitions of Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha tomorrow afternoon after 2.30 pm.