Abdul Bari Masoud | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI – Prominent Muslim organisations including the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Saturday expressed their dissatisfaction over the Supreme Court judgment on the Babri Masjid title suit case.
The Muslim Board, which was the main party in the case, said it would contemplate filing a review petition in the apex court. It also appealed for peace and calm in the country.
UP Central Sunni Waqf Board lawyer Zafaryab Jilani said the Muslim parties were not satisfied with the apex court ruling which gave the Babri Masjid site to Hindus to build the contentious temple.
Jilani said: “We respect the judgment but we are not satisfied. The verdict has a lot of contradictions. There should be no demonstration of any kind anywhere on it.”
“We will file a review petition if our committee agrees on it. It is our right and it is in Supreme Court’s rules as well,” he added.
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) also echoed the same sentiments. JIH chief Syed Sadatullah Hussaini said the Jamaat is not satisfied with the verdict.
“We are not completely satisfied with the Supreme Court judgment on the Babri Masjid title suit. But some points of the judgment are very important as they strengthen the Constitution of India and will help in maintaining law and order in the country,” Hussaini said.
He also averred that the Jamaat disagrees with many things in the verdict, especially the conclusion.
However, he said “We live in a civilized society where the rule of the law is paramount. We have always been saying that we will honor, respect, and accept what the Supreme Court and the judicial process will conclude.”
He also concurred with the Board’s views stating that they (Jamaat) are also considering filling a review petition.
“Our lawyers are reviewing the judgment to see whether there is scope to file a review or curative petition and we will make a decision regarding that in consultation with the other Muslim Personal Law Board members.”
The Jamaat leader warned that there should not be any polarisation on communal lines due to the verdict.
“We are not satisfied with the judgment but we appeal to the people to honour the judgment, respect the law, and maintain communal harmony. There should not be any polarisation on communal lines due to the verdict. This judgment is neither a victory nor defeat of any party.”
Another Muslim group, Popular Front of India termed the judgment as “unfair” and expressed “deep disappointment” over the judgment of Supreme Court delivered today in the Babri Masjid title suit. Though the details are still awaited, as per reports the apex court has handed over the Babri Masjid land for the construction of a temple. And the Muslims are allowed to build Masjid on an alternate land to be allotted to them.
PFI underlined that the apex court has reiterated the facts that Masjid was not constructed after demolishing any temple and agreed that the placing of idols in the Masjid in 1949 and demolition of the Masjid in 1992 were violations of law.
Yet, the court, contrary to these approved facts, handed over the entire land of the demolished Masjid for temple construction, the PFI said.
It further pointed that the court direction to give alternate land to Muslims for Masjid is insignificant and bears no justice.
It also expressed the apprehension that the apex court ruling has serious repercussions on the minority rights.
“We apprehend that this judgment by the apex court has serious repercussions not only on the minority rights but also on the very principles enshrined in the Indian constitution.”
“World was witness to the various incidents of organised vandalism against Babri Masjid ultimately leading to its demolition. The promise by the then Prime Minister that the Masjid will be rebuilt in the same land still remains unfulfilled,” it added.
It said that all democratic and legal means will be resorted to for justice for Babri Masjid which was built by Muslims and used by them for worship for centuries.
“We stand with All India Muslim Personal Law board and UP Sunni Waqf Board in their future struggle for restoration of justice.”
Popular Front of India called upon all sections of people to maintain peace and harmony all over the country at this crucial juncture.
Meanwhile, in its reaction, Communist party of India ( Marxist) said the party has always maintained that the issue should be resolved by a judicial verdict if a negotiated settlement was not possible.
However, the party said certain premises of the judgment are questionable.
“While this judgment has provided a judicial resolution to this fractious issue, there are certain premises of the judgment which are questionable.”
In a statement, Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) said by this order, the five-member Constitution bench of the Supreme Court has sought to end the dispute which has been utilized by the communal forces and resulted in large-scale violence and loss of lives.
It also underlined that the Court judgment has itself stated that the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992 was a violation of law.
CPI(M) said it was a criminal act and an assault on the secular principle, therefore the cases pertaining to the demolition should be expedited and the guilty punished.
The Court has also appreciated the 1991 Places of Religious Worship Act. Adherence to this law should ensure that no such disputes on religious places are again raised and utilized.
The Marxist party said that there should be no provocative acts using the judgment, which will disrupt communal harmony.
The Supreme Court has given its verdict on the long standing dispute in Ayodhya. The Court has handed over the 2.77 acre Babri Masjid land to the Hindu side for the construction of a temple through a trust. It has directed that an alternate plot of five acres be allotted to the Sunni Wakf Board for the construction of a mosque.
While delivering the judgment, the court made interesting observations about existence of Babri masjid :
“The exclusion of the Muslims form worship and possession took place on the interviewing night between 22/23 December 1949 when the mosque was desecrated by the installation of Hindu idols. The ouster of the Muslims on that occasion was not through any lawful authority but through an act which was calculated to deprive them of their place of worship. After the proceedings of CRPC 1898 were initiated and a receiver is appointed following the attachment of the inner courtyard, worship of the Hindu idols was permitted. During the pendency of the suits, the entire of the mosque was brought down in a calculated act of destroying a place of public worship. The Muslims have been wrongly deprived of a mosque which had been constructed 450 years ago.
On 6th December 1992, the structure of the mosque was brought down and the mosque was destroyed. The destruction of the mosque took place in breach of the order of status quo and assurance given to this court. The destruction of the mosque and the obliteration of the Islamic Structure was an egregious violation of the rule of law.
Justice would not prevail if the court were to overlook the entitlement of the Muslims who have been deprived as the structure of the mosque through means which should not have been employed in a secular nation committed to rule of law.”