New Delhi, February 11: Islamic cleric and All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) executive member Maulana Salman Nadvi was today expelled from the Board, three days after he suggested shifting the site of Babri Mosque from Ayodhya.

Maulana Nadvi is expelled today for going against the stand of the AIMPLB. The Board reiterated that its position on the issue of building a mosque in Ayodhya remains unchanged.

“The AIMPLB Board will continue with its old stand that a Mosque cannot be gifted to anyone, neither it could be sold or shifted at some other place. As Maulana Salman Nadvi had gone against this unanimous stand, he has been expelled from the Board,” AIMPLB member Qasim Ilyas said.

At the 26th plenary of the AIMPLB in Hyderabad, Maulana Nadvi had suggested that shifting the mosque away from the disputed site of Ayodhya and developing a university at the disputed site could be considered as a solution to the Ayodhya dispute.

On Thursday, an audio-video clip of Maulana Nadvi had gone viral which says that the Hanbali school of Islamic jurisprudence allows ‘shifting of mosques’ and that Muslims will agree to the plan.

Maulana Nadvi had made this statement on Thursday, moments after the Supreme Court of India while hearing the case, said it would hear the case as “a pure land dispute”.

Maulana Nadvi also said that top Hindu and Muslim clerics must meet on the issue to hammer out an out-of-court settlement to the lingering dispute. The cleric said that the government should allow the land to Muslims away from the disputed site for a mosque and a sprawling university and Hindu leaders should not stake claim to any other places of worship owned by Muslims.

His remark drew flak from other Board members.

“Once a mosque it’s always a mosque. I expect the board to decide on these lines,” Owaisi commented on the matter without referring to Maulana Nadvi’s statement.

Maulana, Nadvi, who teaches at the Islamic seminary of Nadwa Madrassa in Lucknow, has drawn flak from other senior members of the board who had called a meeting recently at Hyderabad.

Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Hind president Maulana Arshad Madani too opposed to Nadvi’s suggestion which he believed it is sabotaging Muslim claims over the disputed site in Ayodhya.

Maulana Madani also demanded action against Nadvi at the Hyderabad meeting. Both Madani and Nadvi are attending the Board meeting.

“You cannot doubt his credibility and credentials as an Islamic scholar. His statement has been blown out of context. What he said makes sense,” Zafar Sareshwala supported Maulana Nadvi.