The top court had also directed the central government to allot a five-acre plot of land in Ayodhya for the construction of a mosque
New Delhi: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), on November 17, announced that it will file a review petition in the Supreme Court of India (SC) against the Ayodhya land dispute case verdict.
“We have decided to file a review petition in the top court. In the judgment, it was said that the mosque was not built by demolishing a temple, still, the mosque was not given to us. So, we will file a review petition and ask for our rights,” Arshad Madani of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind said.
On November 17, the AIMPLB held a meeting to decide whether it should seek a review of the apex court’s verdict.
According to the sources, the decision was taken after the Jamiat’s highest decision-making body, the working committee gave its nod for filing the review petition following extensive deliberations involving lawyers and experts.
Under the panel, the chairmanship of Madani delved into the prospects of a review petition challenging the apex court verdict, a statement by Jamiat said.
The expert panel has observed that the judgment was against the Muslim parties and it was not a final judgment as of the option of reviewing it is available under the Constitution of India, it said.
On November 9, in a unanimous verdict, the apex court had cleared the way for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The court had also directed the Centre to allow a “suitable” five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh. The AIMPLB also said that it will not accept the five-acre plot.
After the verdict, the AIMPLB had expressed dissatisfaction and said that the board was contemplating seeking the judge’s review.
The Sunni Waqf Board, a party in the disputed land, had welcomed the verdict and had said that it will not file any review or curative petition on the Ayodhya verdict
AIMPLB in Lucknow said we will not accept the alternative five-acre land. “We feel that restitution by granting five acres of land, where fundamental values have been damaged to the extent of causing national shame, will not in any manner heal the wounds caused.
The supreme court had last week ruled in favor of a Ram temple on the disputed 2.77-acre plot in Ayodhya. The top court had also directed the central government to allot a five-acre plot of land in Ayodhya for the construction of a mosque.
AIMPLB members said mosques are necessary for the religious practice of Muslims. “Building the same mosque at some other location in a situation like this is also not permissible as per Islamic law. So, we will file a review petition.