Muslim Personal Law Board to Discuss SC Verdict And Options on Nov 17

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All India Babri Masjid Action Committee convener and Sunni Waqf Board’s advocate Zafaryab Jilani talks to the media outside the Supreme Court after the hearing in Ayodhya title case came to an end, in New Delhi on Oct 16, 2019. — IANS

LUCKNOW (IANS) — A meeting of the executive committee of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) will be held on November 17 to discuss whether a review petition is to be filed in the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya title case.

In a much awaited verdict, the Supreme Court on Saturday granted the ownership of the 2.77 acres of land, on which Babri Masjid stood till recently, in Ayodhya to the Hindus, paving the way for the construction of a Ram Temple, and ruled that the Muslims will get 5 acres of land at an alternative site.

According to senior lawyer and AIMPLB member Zafaryab Jilani, the meeting will discuss the issue threadbare. The meeting is likely to be held in Delhi where senior lawyers could also be invited to discuss the issue.

Muslim stakeholders in the Ayodhya case have been sharply divided on the issue of going in for a review petition after the apex court verdict gave the entire Babri land for temple construction and said that Muslim would be given five acres of land ‘elsewhere’ in Ayodhya.

The apex court clarified that either the Central government can give the five-acre land to the Sunni Waqf Board from the nearly 68 acres of land which it had acquired in 1993 under the Acquisition of Certain Area at Ayodhya Act or the state government could hand over the piece of land at a “suitable prominent place in Ayodhya”.

The Chairman of the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board, Zafar Farooqui, has already said that he is not in favour of filing a review petition in the case.

Another plaintiff, Iqbal Ansari, has also ruled out filing a review petition and has said that he respects the Supreme Court verdict.

However, Jilani, who is also the convener of the All India Babri Masjid Action Committee (AIBMAC), and has been a counsel for the Sunni Board in the case, has said that he respected the SC verdict but was not ‘satisfied’ with it. He announced in Delhi on Saturday that he would study the judgment and then file a review petition.

“All senior leaders will meet, discuss and then take a final decision on the legal options,” said Jilani.

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