The Sunni Waqf board clarified that they would not be filing a review petition.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board and the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind announced on November 17, 2019 that they would be filing a review petition against Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict.

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The two Muslim bodies defended their decision by saying that the land on which mosque existed cannot be given up under the Sharia law. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board stated that building the same mosque at some other site is also not permissible as per Islamic law.

The Sunni Waqf board, however, clarified that they would not be filing a review petition. The Sunni Waqf Board as well as the main litigant, Iqbal Ansari, distanced themselves from the All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s decision of filing the review petition.

All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s statement

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The All India Muslim Personal Law Board stated after its Working Committee meeting in Lucknow that it was against accepting the allocation of 5 acres of alternate land for the mosque. The board said that allocating alternate land does to equate to repairing the damage caused and it will also not balance the situation. The board claimed that there were many contradictions in the verdict.

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind’s statement

The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind stated that it would be filing a review petition soon, as it felt that the verdict was not based on evidence and logic. Jamiat’s M Siddiq was one of the original petitioners in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case.

Background

The Supreme Court, in its historic verdict on November 9, 2019, had ordered the centre and the Uttar Pradesh state government to allocate 5 acres of alternate land to the Sunni Waqf board to build the mosque.

The Supreme Court had ruled that while the demolition of Babri Masjid was a violation of the law, it was undisputed that Ram was born in Ayodhya and that there was a structure underneath the mosque.

The court upheld the claim of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas that the disputed Ayodhya site was the birthplace of Ram and directed the centre to form a trust to oversee the construction of a Ram temple on the land.  

According to the court’s order, the whole of the disputed land will be given to the Hindu parties to build the ram temple, while alternate 5 acres will be given to the Muslim parties for the construction of the mosque.

Before pronouncing the judgement, the Supreme Court had clarified that its judgement will not be based on faith but based on evidence.

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