New Delhi, Nov. 9 -- The Supreme Court on Saturday ordered setting up of a trust that would eventually pave the way for construction of a temple in Ayodhya at the disputed site where a 16th century Babri Masjid was razed by a Hindu mob on December 6, 1992. The five-judge bench also ordered allotment of 5-acre land to Muslims for construction of a mosque. This brings to an end an almost 70-year dispute that has divided Muslims and Hindus.

The Hindus have maintained that the mosque was built atop a temple that Mughal emperor Babar's men had demolished. They claim the site was the birthplace of Ram, the most worshipped deity of the Hindus.

The landmark judgement was delivered a bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, justices...