High court dismisses plea for namaz at Ayodhya disputed site, fines petitioner Rs 5 lakh

The trust had argued that since Hindus are allowed to perform puja at the makeshift Ram Temple situated on the disputed site, Muslims should also be allowed to offer Namaz

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Lucknow: The Allahabad High Court Thursday rejected a petition seeking permission to offer ‘namaz’ at the disputed site in Ayodhya while imposing a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the petitioner saying the appeal was filed for “cheap publicity”.

Justices DK Arora and Alok Mathur of the Lucknow bench of the high court passed the order on the petition of Al-Rahman Trust, which had requested the court to give permission to offer namaz at the disputed site.

Al Rehman Trust had filed a petition with Allahabad HC for permission to offer Namaz in one part of the disputed site. A registered body based in Raebareli, Al Rehman Trust works to propagate Islam and carries out related educational activities has petitioned before the High Court.

The trust had argued that since Hindus are allowed to perform puja at the makeshift Ram Temple situated on the disputed site, Muslims should also be allowed to offer Namaz. The plea was filed taking into account that it’s 2010 High Court order had given Muslims right over a third of the land at the disputed site. HC cited status quo in Jan 1993 order of the Supreme Court and the fact that the 67 acres of the disputed land was acquired by the government.

The court termed the petition as an attempt to gain “cheap publicity” and imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the petitioner.

The court directed District Magistrate Faizabad to realise the fine amount if it is not deposited by the Trust.

The petition was heard in the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court earlier today.

BMAC convener Zafaryab Jilani, however, had dismissed the logic saying it will not stand because of the Supreme Court’s order of status quo on the disputed land delivered on 7th Jan 1993.