October 6, 2010 5:36:15 am
Two days after Hashim Ansari,one of the plaintiffs in the Ayodhya title suits,met Mahant Gyan Das,president of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad,the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board said today that it had not authorised anyone to negotiate on its behalf. The Board also said that it had decided to file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the Allahabad High Court’s verdict.
The Board announced its decision after an emergency meeting here today. “After consideration of the judgment and order dated 30.09.2010 passed by the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court and the legal advice received,the Board has unanimously resolved that an appeal shall be preferred before the Supreme Court of India,” it said in a statement.
The meeting authorised Board chairman Zufar Ahmad Farooqui to take the necessary action for filing an appeal.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) is scheduled to meet here on October 16 to discuss the verdict. Indications are that the AIMPLB,which is not a party to the dispute,may file an application in the Supreme Court to become an intervener in the case.
Today’s Board meeting was attended by Farooqui,BSP MP from Sitapur Kaisar Jahan,BSP MLA from J P Nagar Farhat Hasan,BSP MLA from Soraon Mujtaba Ali Siddiqui,secretary of Nadawatululm seminary Hamza Hasani,Mufti Najib Hashmi of Banda,Enul Haidar Alvi of Kakori and Adana Farooq Ali of Gorakhpur.
The Board,which consists of 13 members,is currently dominated by nominees of the state government. Two members each are elected from among Muslim MPs,Muslim MLAs and Muslim members of the state bar council. Besides,two caretakers are elected from Waqf properties having an income of not less than Rs 1 lakh.
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