Ayodhya: Waqf moves SC, says no compromise
The Sunni Waqf Board challenged Allahabad HC verdict in Ayodhya title suits case.
New Delhi: The Sunni Central Waqf Board on Tuesday filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suits and ruled out any compromise on the issue.
Elaborating on the Sunni Central Waqf Board’s latest move on the issue, senior advocate Zafaryab Jilani said, “Today we have moved a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad High Court’s ruling in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suits on various grounds.”
Jilani said that through the SLP, the Sunni Central Waqf Board has argued that the Allahabad High Court’s verdict is solely based its on a flight of faith rather than documentary evidence to show that Lord Ram was born exactly under the central dome of the masjid.
Jilani, who had earlier represented the Sunni Central Waqf Board in High Court, said, “We have also argued that the Allahabad High Court judgment violates the fundamental principles under Articles 25 and 26 — freedom to practice religion of choice. “
"Articles 25 and 26 give equal rights to all faiths. One faith cannot suffer at the expense of another,” the lawyer told reporters outside the premise of the Supreme Court.
Reacting to RSS chief Mohun Bhagwat’s latest comment on the verdict, Jilani said, “Now with the RSS expressing its displeasure over the judgement, which was more based of faiths rather than evidence, there seems to be no ground for a compromise on the issue.”
“AIMPLB has always maintained that any compromise formula can be considered if it respects the sentiments of Muslims and is in accordance to the Islamic Sharia Law,” Jilani pointed out.
The senior advocate also referred to the findings of the ASI, which never established that there was temple over the disputed land, which was demolished and a mosque erected by a Muslim ruler on it.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, had earlier in the week, said, “The RSS opposes any division of Ramjanma bhoomi as it never solves the issue but deepens the crisis according to the history.”
Bhagwat said, “This (division) cannot be an option of division of Ramjanma bhoomi,” and reiterated the commitment to build Ram temple in Ayodhya.