Babri Masjid demolition case: Mosque can be built at a distance from disputed site, says Shia Waqf Board

The Waqf Board claimed that a part of the disputed land given to the Shia Waqf Board -- a party in the Ayodhya case -- belongs to it.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 8, 2017 7:46 pm
Ayodhya hearing, Babri Masjid demolition case, Babri Masjid CBI, Babri Masjid demolition file, Lucknow court, Babri Masjid, Lucknow sessions court, Babri Mosque, Indian Express, Indian Express News The Shia Waqf Board claimed that a part of the disputed land given to the Shia Waqf Board, which is a party in the Ayodhya case, belonged to it.

The Shia Waqf Board informed the Supreme Court on Tuesday that a mosque can be built in a Muslim-dominated area, at a reasonable distance from the disputed site in Ayodhya.

“Answering respondent (Shia Board) is also of the view that, to bring quietus, masjid can be located in a Muslim- dominated area at a reasonable distance from the most revered place of birth of Maryada Purshottam Sri Ram,”

The Waqf Board claimed that a part of the disputed land given to the Shia Waqf Board — a party in the Ayodhya case — belongs to it.

“…since Babri Masjid was a Shia Waqf Board property, Shia Central Waqf Board UP alone is entitled to negotiate and arrive at a peaceful settlement with other remaining stakeholders,” it said in an affidavit.

Seeking an amicable solution to the dispute, the Shia Waqf Board requested the court to appoint a panel headed by a retired Supreme Court judge. The panel should include members appointed by the Prime Minister and the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, it said.

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had in 2010 ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres area at the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya.

The three-judge bench of the high court, by a 2:1 majority, had said the land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

Welcoming the development, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said the board’s intervention was “God sent”. “According to me this intervention by the Shia Waqf board is God sent,” Swamy told news agency ANI.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had questioned Swamy’s locus standi in the land dispute case. He petitioned the court seeking an early resolution to the dispute.

Recently, a three-judge bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer has been constituted by Chief Justice J S Khehar to hear a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case from August 11.

With PTI inputs

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  1. N
    Aug 9, 2017 at 1:31 pm
    So for the last 68 yrs the court was listening to the wrong party ? The actual party was sleeping for the last 68 years or they just got a brainwave now ?
    1. C
      Aug 9, 2017 at 9:24 am
      1. M
        Aug 9, 2017 at 1:45 am
        Most Muslims would prefer this problem to be resolved as Masque can be built anywhere, shifted anywhere but would Congie, Commie and the likes would allow to do that? Congie and Commie have to bite the dust before India's religious problem see the end of it.
        1. Vaarun Mehra
          Aug 8, 2017 at 8:51 pm
          Ram temple should be built in mecca where g mosque stands
          1. B
            Aug 8, 2017 at 8:22 pm
            It is said Bada Imambara of Lucknow was built after demolishing an ancient temple of Laxman. Govt should order excavation under Imambara to find if a Laxman temple existed there.
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