AIMPLB to meet to decide whether to go to SC against verdict
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Last Updated: Friday, October 15, 2010, 18:59
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.


First Published: Friday, October 15, 2010, 18:59

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