While the Sunni Waqf Board on Tuesday had decided not to file a review petition in the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya case, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has said that it will file a review petition in the court challenging the verdict. The personal law board has thus stuck to its position shared with the media on 17 November.
The AIMPLB said today, “Exercising our constitutional right, we are going to file a review petition in the Babri Masjid case during the first week of December. Sunni Waqf Board’s decision not to pursue the case won’t legally affect us. All Muslim organizations are on the same page.”
“The board (AIMPLB) is firm on its decision to file a review petition in the Supreme Court and we have time till 9 December for doing so,” AIMPLB secretary Zafaryab Jilani said.
“The date for filing the review petition cannot be announced as of now as it is yet to be decided on whose behalf it will be filed,” the AIMPLB secretary said. He alleged that the Ayodhya police was harassing Muslims who could file review petitions.
The AIMPLB secretary said police were warning Muslim litigants that they would be framed and put behind the bars if they were to file a review petition. Jilani said he could mention “this behaviour of police” in his review petition to the apex court.
On Tuesday, the Sunni Waqf Board had said it was not in favour of a review petition. The Sunni board had said that the decision on the court’s order to provide 5 ac of land for the mosque to the Muslim side in Ayodhya would be taken after discussing the issue in another meeting.
Before the decision of the Sunni Waqf Board, 91 eminent Muslim citizens, including scholars, social activists, lawyers and intellectuals, had pleaded with all members of the community as well as those who claimed to represent Muslims to not file a review petition. They said in their appeal that the matter should now be put to rest.
The BJP had welcomed the Sunni Waqf Board’s decision not to file a review petition. BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain had said, “I welcome the decision of the Sunni Waqf Board in the Ayodhya case. It is in the national interest and its objective is to maintain communal harmony in the country.”
The BJP politician had said that the way Hindu and Muslim societies have shown maturity after the decision, it showed that brotherhood was the priority for Indians.
The Supreme Court, while delivering its verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute on 9 November, had ordered the 2.77 ac of disputed land to be given to Ram Lalla Virajman, one of the three parties to the case. A five-judge Constitution bench had ordered the government to provide five acres of land to the Sunni Waqf Board for the construction of a mosque in Ayodhya.