AIMPLB to meet to decide whether to go to SC against verdict

The AIMPLB meets here Saturday to decide whether approach the SC against the Ayodhya verdict.

Lucknow: The executive committee of the All
India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) meets here Saturday
to deliberate on the recommendations of its legal committee to
approach the Supreme Court against the Allahabad High Court
verdict in the Ayodhya title suits.

The 51-member committee and some special invitees like
former Justice Sagir Ahmed and chairman of the Sunni Central
Waqf Board Zafar Ahmed Farooqui, would discuss in detail the
high court verdict as well as the recommendations made in its
light by the legal committee of the body at its meeting held
earlier this month in Delhi, sources in the board said.
The implications of the verdict as well as the doubts of
the members would be discussed at the meeting before taking a
final decision on whether to give a go-ahead to the Sunni Waqf
Board which had been a party to the case to appeal in the
court as also to decide to get involved in the case directly.

"As certain Muslim leaders, including members of the
board, have publicly opined that the matter needed to be
resolved out of court through reconciliation, it would also be
taken up but a final decision would be taken on majority
view," sources said.

"All the members including those favouring a negotiated
settlement would put forth their views before the committee
but there are no chances of any discord over the issue as it
has been the tradition of the board that the majority view
should prevail," they said.

However, they added that even if the majority view is in
favour of going in for an appeal in the Supreme Court against
the verdict, efforts can still go on simultaneously for a
settlement through reconciliation.

"Even if the solution is reached through dialogue it
would still require a legal stamp or better if the government
enacts a law in keeping with it so that the dispute is ended
once and for all", sources said.
"The legality of the case has already been discussed at
the earlier meeting .... the meeting would also have to keep
in mind the consequences of the verdict," sources said, adding
that going to the Supreme Court was also a legal necessity to
safeguard the interests of the community in future.

Besides deliberating on the Ayodhya case, tomorrow`s
meeting would also finalise the venue of the next conference
besides taking up the routine affairs, sources added.


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