JUH moves SC against Ayodhya ruling

Allahabad HC had ruled that the land be divided into 3 parts among Muslims, Hindus and Nirmohi Akhara.

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2010, 19:46 PM IST

New Delhi: The title dispute on Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid structure reached the Supreme
Court with Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) challenging the Allahabad
High Court`s verdict of dividing the land into three parts
among Muslims, Hindus and Nirmohi Akhara.

Challenging the High Court`s verdict, the JUH submitted
in the appeal that the judgement is based on faith and not on
evidence.

"It is humbly submitted that the mosque was illegally
demolished. However, the ruins still exist. The foundation of
the mosque is still intact. Title would not extinguish by
demolishing the mosque. Therefore, it was incumbent on the
court to uphold the rule of law and not to validate an illegal
act," the appeal filed by Anis Suhrawady said.

It was further submitted that the decision to divide the
disputed land in three parts was wrong.

"It was nobody`s case in the High Court that the Muslims,
Hindus and Nirmohi Akhara were in joint possession of the
disputed premises. The claims of the three sets of plaintiffs
were mutually exclusive in the sense each set of plaintiffs
claimed the entire property as its own and no one sought a
decree for partition of the property," the appeal said.

"The core finding in the judgement as regards the alleged
place of birth of Lord Shri Ram is based on the professed
belief of Hindus and not on evidence," JUH said in its appeal.

A three-judge bench of the High Court had passed three
separate judgements on September 30 but the majority verdict
held that the area covered by the central dome of the
three-domed structure, where the idol of Lord Rama is
situated, belongs to Hindus.

All the three judges of the High Court were unanimous on
the ownership of the place where the makeshift temple exists.

While two judges were of the view that the entire
disputed land should be divided into three equal parts, each
to be given to Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and the
parties representing `Ram Lalla Virajman` (seated Baby Ram),
one of the judges held that the entire disputed area belonged
to Hindus.

PTI