The Sunni Waqf Board decided on Tuesday by a majority vote that it would not file a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya dispute. The board has accepted the judgment of the Supreme Court on 9 November that decided the ownership of the disputed land in favour of the Ram Lalla Virajman.
The Sunni Waqf Board was the main Muslim party to the Babri Masjid dispute. It will decide on taking 5 acre of land that the Supreme Court ordered the government to grant to Muslims, exercising its special powers under Article 142 of the Constitution.
Article 142 of the Constitution mandates the Supreme Court to pass an order, which none of the litigants in a given case might have asked for, if it deems the order to be necessary for doing complete justice in the cause or matter pending before it.
On 17 November, the Muslim Personal Law Board had said that a review petition must be filed, but the Sunni Waqf Board is the Muslim authority that takes precedence in the matter as the main Muslim litigant in the Ayodhya case.
Though the board is ready for the grant internally, before taking a final decision, it would like to wait and find out what offer the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government come up with, and then decide whether they would accept the land granted to the community. The Supreme Court, while ordering the construction of a temple of Lord Ram on the disputed land of Ayodhya, asked the Union and State government to provide 5 acre of land to the Sunni Waqf Board to build a mosque at some place in the Ayodhya district.
At today’s press conference, chairman of the board Zafar Farooqui said that the board had approved of the verdict of the Supreme Court. But they will decide on the 5 acre of land due to them by the court order only after a particular plot is granted to Muslims.
6 out of 8 Sunni Waqf Board members not in favour of review petition
Farooqui said that seven out of eight members attended the meeting held at the board office at Mall Avenue, Lucknow, on Tuesday. Out of these, six members reached a consensus that a review petition should not be filed on the judgment given by the Supreme Court in relation to the Ayodhya dispute. Board member Abdul Razzaq Khan disagreed and strongly advocated the filing of the petition.
Farooqui said that no decision had been taken in the board meeting on the compliance of the order given by the Supreme Court to the Centre and the State government to give 5 acres of land to the Sunni Waqf Board to build a mosque in the Ayodhya district.
Members still need more time to form their final opinion, the board chairman said, adding that the media will be informed as and when the appropriate time for it comes.
It was also decided at the board meeting that chairman Zuffar Farooqui alone was authorized to speak to the media on the Ayodhya dispute on behalf of the board.