Ahead of Supreme Court verdict in Ayodhya case, CJI Ranjan Gogoi likely to have a meeting with Uttar Pradesh CS and DGP

New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is likely to have a meeting with Uttar Pradesh chief secretary and director general of police on Friday to assess the law and order arrangement in the state ahead of the verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute case to be pronounced next week, sources said.    

The CJI has called UP Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari and DGP Om Prakash Singh and will have the meeting in his chamber, they said.  

The judgement on the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute was reserved on October 16 after a marathon hearing of 40 days.

The judgement is likely to be pronounced before November 17 as Justice Gogoi’s tenure as the CJI comes to end on that day.

Tight security in Ayodhya: Meanwhile, with the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Ayodhya case expected any day now, Uttar Pradesh is conducting surveillance with drones in the district.

“We have deployed drones in Nayaghat, Nageswarnath, Ram ki Paidi, Hanumankupa road and some areas of Ayodhya. We get a real-time assessment with drone surveillance. We also can track people with this. Drones are good for security,” Ayodhya Circle Officer Arvind Chaurasia said.

In order to maintain the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh during and after the judgment on the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid case, the Centre has given UP almost 4,000 extra paramilitary personnel.

Bomb disposal squads deployed: As many as 30 bomb squads have been deployed in Ayodhya after an intelligence input of terror threat in the city. A tight security cover has blanketed the city ahead of the verdict. The police have also sealed the roads of Ram Kot area near the disputed site.

The authorities have asked all dharamshalas to send away all occupants before November 12. By Tuesday night, all dharamshalas will be emptied and anyone who is not a local resident made to leave the city, sources have said.

RSS to interact with Muslim professionals ahead of Ayodhya verdict: After reaching out to Muslim clerics, scholars and eminent personalities, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has decided to open a dialogue with professionals from the community ahead of the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case.

The RSS team, which has been tasked with reaching out to the community, has planned interaction with educated youth and professionals.

Top RSS officials Krishna Gopal and Ram Lal will address the professionals at an event which, in all probability, will be held at the Nehru Memorial in New Delhi on Friday.