New Delhi: Differing voices within the Muslim Parties — the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and Sunni Central Waqf Board (one of the main litigants in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute) came to fore as soon the Supreme Court on Saturday pronounced its verdict in the century-old Ayodhya case.
While Zafar Ahmad Farooqui, the chairman of the Sunni Waqf board asserted that they have no plan to challenge the judgement, Zafaryab Jilani, the secretary of the AIMPLB termed the verdict unjust. Jilani was also the counsel of Sunni Waqf board.
Notably, Jilani, in his initial reactions had stated that the Ayodhya verdict has a lot of contradictions. “Giving all land to the other side is not justified. We respect the verdictt, but we have the right to disagree with the top court as it has changed its judgments in many cases. We will seek a review on it”, the Waqf Board lawyer had said yesterday.
Later, Jilani, clarified that the press conference was organised by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and he had reacted as its secretary and not as the counsel for the Sunni Waqf Board.
Contradicting Jilani, Farooqui, the board chairman said that if any lawyer or any other person says that the decision will be challenged by the Board, it should not be taken as correct. “The board will not go in for any review of the apex court’s order or file any curative petition,” Farooqui said at a press conference in Lucknow.Furthermore, he stated that it would not ‘look good’ if any of the Muslim litigants do not accept the verdict.
“As of now, the verdict is being studied thoroughly after which the Board will issue a detailed statement”, he added.Calling the verdict ‘neither equity nor justice’ the AIMPLB has expressed ‘grave dissatisfaction’ over the SC’s judgement to give entire disputed site to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas. “You cannot exchange land for a mosque”, the Muslim Law Board had said.
Another AIMPLB member Kamal Farooqui said that the dispute was never about land.”They can take 100 acres from us if they want”, he added.
The Supreme Court yesterday delivered a historic judgement in the Ayodhya land dispute, directing the Central government to form within three months a Trust which will construct a Ram temple at the disputed site. The five-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also asked the government to allot 5 acres of alternate land to Muslim parties for construction of a mosque in Ayodhya.