Sunni Waqf Board Won’t Challenge Supreme Court’s Ayodhya Verdict

Out of 8 board members 6 votes against the review petition on Ayodhya Case in Supreme Court

NEW DELHI| On Tuesday Uttar Pradesh Sunni Waqf Board decided to not file a review petition against the Supreme Court order in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute. Rather the board will hold another meeting to take a final decision on the five-acre land relief granted to Muslim parties.

Advocate Abdul Razzaq also attended the Waqf board meeting said that the Waqf board has passed a majoritarian resolution to not file a review petition of Supreme Court order.

Razzaq who voted for wanting the review but left alone as the majority went with no need to review the Supreme Court Judgement.

On questioning the five-acre land, Razzaq replied the board has decided to defer any decision on it. Another round of meetings will be called by the board to decide on land when the government comes up with its options.

UP Sunni Central Waqf Board conducted a meeting at the waqf board office on Ayodhya verdict in Lucknow. Seven of the eight members including board chief were present at the meeting. The only member absent from the meeting was advocate Imran Mabood Khan.

The members of the board stood divided on the issue. After the five-judge bench delivered its historic verdict on the Ranjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute, Waqf Board chairman Zufar Farooqui had come out against filing a review petition. But some board members went public against the stand.

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In a unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court had paved the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. It also directed the Centre to allot a five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.

There have been divergent views within the eight-member board on whether to accept the five-acre land and the number of those suggesting that the plot should be used for some “constructive work” to give a message to the world is “very low”.nThe Sunni board was a main litigant in the Ayodhya case.

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