But Waqf yet to take call on five-acre plot
The Sunni Central Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday decided that it would not file a review petition against the November 9 Supreme Court verdict in the Ram Mandir-Babri Mosque dispute case, but is yet to take a call on whether to accept a five-acre alternative plot for a mosque, its chairman Zafar Ahmed Farooqi said.
“The Waqf Board has considered the ruling of the Supreme Court passed in the Babri Masjid case. The Board has reiterated its stand that it will not file any review petition in the apex court,” Farooqi said in a press release issued after a meeting of the Board.
The meeting was attended by seven of its eight members. Six members were against filing a review petition against the Ayodhya verdict. Two members, Abdul Razzaq Khan and Imran Mabood Khan had opposed the chairman’s decision not to file the review. However, Mabood was absent on Tuesday.
The Sunni Waqf Board was a main litigant in the Ram Mandir-Babri Mosque title case.
The meeting also considered whether to accept the five-acre alternative land given by the apex court for building a mosque in Ayodhya, Farooqi said, adding that the members felt they needed more time to decide on the matter so as to ensure that it was appropriate as per the shariat (Islamic law).
“All further action in compliance with the order of the Supreme Court, including the issue of five-acre land in Ayodhya, are still in consideration of the Board and no decision has yet been taken. The members of the board have asked for more time to formulate their views. As and when any decision is taken, it will be communicated separately,” the release said.
Wednesday, 27 November 2019 | PNS | Lucknow
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