Mosque can be built at a reasonable distance in Ayodhya: Shia Waqf Board
Source :NewsBharati   Date :08-Aug-2017



New Delhi, Aug 8: The Shia Central Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh Monday told the Supreme Court that it was the owner of the disputed site of Babri Mosque at Ayodhya and therefore, is entitled to hold negotiations to reach an amicable settlement on the issue.

Submitting an affidavit to the apex court the Board also maintained that the disputed site was the property of the Board and only it can hold negotiations to strike an amicable settlement of the dispute.

A PTI report said that the 30-page affidavit submitted by the Board assumes significance as it was filed soon after the apex court agreed to speed up the hearing on the bunch of appeals challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict on the land dispute in this case.

The Shia Central Waqf Board sought time from the Supreme Court for setting up a committee for exploring an amicable solution to the vexed issue.

Criticizing the stand of the Sunni Central Waqf Board it said, “…since Babri Masjid was a Shia Waqf Board property, Shia Central Waqf Board UP alone is entitled to negotiate and arrive at a peaceful settlement with other remaining stakeholders.”

“Answering respondent (Shia Board) is also of the view that, to bring quietus, masjid can be located in a Muslim- dominated area at a reasonable distance from the most revered place of birth of Maryada Purshottam Sri Ram,” the affidavit said.

The Shia Board is one of the parties in the pending appeals in the apex court.

Recently the Chief Justice J S Khehar had constituted a three-judge bench of Justices Dipak Misra, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer to hear the bunch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ayodhya lad dispute case. The hearing is scheduled to begin on August 11.

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had in 2010 ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres area at the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri masjid site in Ayodhya.

The three-judge bench of the high court, by a 2:1 majority, had said the land be partitioned equally among three parties -- the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

On July 21, a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar had said that it would soon take a decision to list the matter for early hearing.

The court’s remark had come on a plea of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy who sought urgent listing and hearing of the matter.

Swamy had said the main appeals against the Allahabad High Court order are pending for the last seven years in the apex court and these required urgent hearing.

He had also said that a separate petition had earlier been filed by him seeking enforcement of his right to worship without much hassle at the site.

The BJP leader had told the court that he has been allowed by the apex court to intervene in the matter and is seeking expeditious disposal of the cases.