Rift emerges in Sunni Waqf Board

Ayodhya case will have “consequences” for the country’s polity, the Muslim parties, including the Sunni Wakf Board, said in a written note to the SC.

New Delhi: The verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case will impact “future generations” and have “consequences” for the country’s polity, the Muslim parties, including the Sunni Wakf Board, said in a written note to the Supreme Court which allowed them to file it before it on Monday.

A counsel for the Muslim parties submitted before a 3-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, that they be allowed to bring their written note on moulding of relief on record for the perusal of the 5-judge Constitution bench which had heard the case.

The Constitution bench had reserved the verdict on October 16 after concluding the 40-day-long hearing in the politically sensitive Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri masjid land dispute case in Ayodhya.

The Sunni Wakf Board and legal heirs of original Muslim litigants, M Siddiq and Mohammad Hashim, told the bench that they had filed the written note in a sealed cover as per the directions of the apex court, but the apex court’s registry refused to take it on record saying it has not been served to the other rival parties.

Nirmohi Akahara, devotee Gopal Singh Visharad and deity ‘Ram Lalla’ through next friend Deoki Nandan Agrawal had filed separate lawsuits in 1959, 1950 and 1989 respectively in the Ayodhya land dispute.

“We have now served our written note to all the parties on Sunday,” the lawyer said on Monday and asked the bench to direct its registry to take their note on record.

“It (written note) is on my table in a sealed cover. But, the contents are on …(a English daily) the front page. Let it be there only,” said the bench, which also comprised Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer.

The bench however allowed the Muslim parties to file their written note on moulding of reliefs — narrowing down the issues raised during the hearing in the — with the apex court’s registry.