All India Babri Masjid Action Committee (AIBMAC) vice-president and senior advocate Mushtaq Ahmad Siddiqui has said that Muslims should be allowed to offer prayers inside the one-third portion allotted to Muslims in the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment and that the AIBMAC is ready to move to Supreme Court if needed.
“In its 2010 judgment, the Allahabad High Court gave one-third portion each to Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmoni Akhara and ‘Ram Lalla’. While I was addressing some people in Ayodhaya (on the 22nd anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition) I urged them to approach the receiver — Faizabad divisional commissioner — to take up the issue of offering namaz inside the premises,” Mushtaq said. “If needed, we are ready to approach the Supreme Court as a last resort,” he said.
AIBMAC convenor Zafaryab Jilani, however, said that Mushtaq’s proposal will have to be first taken up with the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) committee on Babri Masjid, whose convenor is Mumbai based lawyer Yusuf Hatim Muchalla and where Mushtaq is also a member. Jilani, who is also a member of the said committee, said that Mushtaq will have to first bring the proposal before the AIMPLB committee which will then consider appropriate action. “As of now, he has not brought it up formally,” Jilani said.
Jilani said, “The task of the Supreme Court designated authority (Faizabad divisional commissioner) is to maintain status quo, so no group can directly approach him to request any changes on the site, but only take up the matter through the Supreme Court.”