NEW DELHI — Delhi Minorities Commission Chairman and former President of All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan has said that the media “grossly misrepresented” what he had said regarding an out-of-court settlement of the Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir dispute.
Some TV channels, newspapers and news portals had reported that Dr. Khan counted RSS as the No. 1 authority to bring a lasting solution to the dispute. However, Dr. Khan, in a clarification on Saturday, termed the reports as “misleading.”
“The reports grossly misrepresent what I said during my interview on News18. I had placed RSS at the third position of authorities which could facilitate an out-of-court settlement of the vexed Babri-Ram Mandir dispute. The first was the Supreme Court and the then Chief Justice of India Justice Khehar himself had offered to mediate in March 2017. The second authority was the Central government and the third I mentioned was RSS because it controls all militant Hindu organisations agitating for the Mandir,” said veteran journalist and author Dr. Khan.
He further said that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has no enforcing power as enjoyed by the three mentioned above.
“I added that these authorities have enforcing power while Sri Sri does not have enforcing power and some Hindu organisations have already started objecting to his dabbling in the issue.”
Dr. Khan also said that though he supported an out-of-court settlement of the dispute, he did not oppose the ongoing trial of the case in the Supreme Court.
“The other point I made was that a final court verdict will be in favour of one party leaving the other party aggrieved and thus the dispute will continue while an out-of-court settlement between the parties will satisfy them both and this will see an end to the dispute. I have never said that the current court case should stop or be withdrawn. The out-of-court settlement efforts should continue side by side the court proceedings and if an amicable settlement is arrived, the court will be informed of the same by the parties,” said Dr. Khan.