New Delhi: Expressing dissatisfaction with the Supreme Court verdict that cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Saturday said it was contemplating seeking a review of the judgment, even as it appealed to people to maintain peace and amity.
The apex court directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot at an alternative place to the Sunni Waqf Board, one of the parties in the decades long contentious dispute, for building a mosque.
Addressing a press conference AIMPLB Secretary Zafaryab Jilani said, “We are dissatisfied with certain findings of the Supreme Court…. We respect the Supreme Court verdict and respectfully disagree with certain aspects of it.”
Jilani said they will study the judgement and may seek a review.
“Even the inner courtyard has been given to the other party. It is not just,” he argued, adding the working committee of the board will soon sit and discuss.
“Whatever legal recourse is possible we will take,” he told reporters.
Jilani, however, added that certain aspects of the judgment can help improve secular structure of the country. Asked about apprehension that there could be similar claims in Mathura and Varanasi after the verdict, Jilani said, “It is expected that such apprehensions (‘Mathura-Kashi baki hai’) will not be there (after this judgement), and if anything occurs, the Supreme Court will be there”.
He said the SC invoked its special power under Article 142 of the Constitution in pronouncing the verdict.
Lawyer MR Shamshad, a member of the Board’s legal team said, it was necessary to fight the case till the last, “as we felt that a grave injustice was done the way the Babri mosque was demolished in 1992”. “We hope that after this verdict no other mosque in India will be touched,” he said.
Closure, wish of Allah, unexpected
As the Supreme Court order in the Ram Janmabhoomi title suit, giving the disputed land to Hindus, started flashing on television sets on Saturday, the mood in predominantly Muslim areas of Uttar Pradesh remained more or less unstirred with many hoping that the order will put an end to the decades-old dispute. A five-judge bench of the top court in a unanimous decision, while giving the disputed 2.77 acres to Hindus, ordered the government to give 5-acre suitable land to Muslims for mosque because they had been ‘wronged twice, once in 1949 and then in 1992.’ The verdict was preceded by appeals for calm by top religious and political leaders and a nationwide security alert to prevent any attempt by miscreants to inflame tempers in a case that has been hanging fire for decades.