New Delhi: Waseem Rizvi, the chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board on Wednesday said that they would request the government to grant the five-acre land to them in case the Sunni Waqf Board refuses to accept it. However, instead of building a mosque, a hospital will be set up in the land, added the UP Shia Central Waqf Board chairman.

“We have passed a resolution that if the Sunni Waqf Board refuses to accept the five-acre land, we will file a plea to allot the land to us. We will build a hospital on it where people from all religions will be treated free of cost,” Rizvi was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.

Instead of approaching the apex court for the land, Waseem Rizvi noted that the board will rather request the government. Notably, the main litigant in the Ayodhya land dispute case, Sunni Waqf Board, has not decided on accepting the five-acre land.

Last month, Waseem Rizvi had triggered a major row when he claimed that the clients of senior advocate Rajiv Dhawan, who appeared for the Muslim parties in the day-to-day hearings of the decades-long Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, are paying him fees with the help of Pakistani terror organisations.

Verdict on Ayodhya Land Dispute Case:

On November 9, 2019, a five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court delivered a historic judgement by granting the sole ownership of the disputed Ayodhya site to Ram Lalla, while rejecting claims of the Waqf Board and the Nirmohi Akhara.

For the Muslim side, the top court directed the Centre to provide alternate five-acre land to build the mosque. This ‘offer’ was however rejected by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB).