Oldest litigant Ansari to move SC in Ayodhya case

Hashim Ansari on Sunday said he has decided to file an appeal in the Supreme Court tomorrow against the High Court`s verdict as all efforts by him to find an out-of-the-court settlement have failed.

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2011, 13:01 PM IST

Lucknow: Hashim Ansari, the oldest
litigant in the Ayodhya title suit, on Sunday said he has decided
to file an appeal in the Supreme Court tomorrow against the
High Court`s verdict as all efforts by him to find an
out-of-the-court settlement have failed.

"As all the attempts have failed, I have no options
left but to file the special leave petition in Supreme Court,"
90-year-old Ansari said over phone from Ayodhya.

Asked what prompted the change of stand, Ansari, who
has been in favour of an out-of-the court settlement said,
"kya karein majboori hai (what can I do, its compulsion
now)".

"I never wanted the nation to face any loss because of
the Babri Masjid verdict but the parties in the opposition
want to divide the country and that I will not tolerate," he
said.

Member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board
(AIMPLB) and lawyer Zafaryab Jilani said Ansari`s appeal will
be based on the same grounds taken by the Sunni Central Waqf
Board.

Besides Ansari, three parties -- Sunni Waqf Board,
Hafiz Siddique and Mirzauddin -- have already approached the
Supreme Court against the Allahabad High Court`s decision
delivered on September 30 last year.

Bhagwan Shir Ramlala, Nirmohi Akhara and Hindu
Mahasabha had also moved the apex court.

The Allahabad High Court has reserved orders in the
revision petition moved by one Ismail Farooqui, who sought
review of the September 30 verdict.

"After arguments on the petition were completed, the
High Court had fixed April 28 for the next date of hearing.
Also, the court had extended its stay on the implementation of
its verdict till May 31," Jilani said.

The AIMPLB will be holding its executive meet in New
Delhi on February 27 to discuss the case.

The Allahabad High Court had ruled by a majority
verdict that the disputed land in Ayodhya be divided equally
into three parts among Hindus and Muslims and that the place
where the makeshift temple of Lord Ram exists belongs to
Hindus.

PTI