Ayodhya Verdict: Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind files review petition

The Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind filed a plea seeking review of the verdict which cleared the way for construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya was filed in the Supreme Court stating that “complete justice” could only be done by directing reconstruction of the Babri Masjid.

A 5-judge bench, headed by the then Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, had in a unanimous verdict on November 9 decreed the entire 2.77-acre disputed land in favour of deity ‘Ram Lalla’ and also directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque in Ayodhya.

While key litigant, Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Wakf Board, decided against challenging the verdict, Maulana Syed Ashhad Rashidi, legal heir of original litigant M Siddiq and UP President of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind, sought review of the verdict on 14 counts.

The litigant, in its review plea filed through lawyer Ejaz Maqbool, has also sought an interim stay on the operation of the verdict in which it had directed the Central government that a trust be formed within three months for construction of the temple at the site.

Rashidi also questioned the direction asking the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government to allot 5-acre land for construction of a mosque at a prominent place in Ayodhya, saying that such a prayer was never made by the Muslim parties.

It was also submitted that despite acknowledging several illegalities committed by the Hindu parties, including the destruction of the mosque at the disputed site, the apex court condoned them and granted the land to them.

“By virtue of the impugned judgment, this court has effectively granted a mandamus to destroy Babri Masjid and to construct a temple of Lord Ram in the said place,” the plea said.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) will file the petition seeking review of the Supreme Court’s order on Ayodhya land title dispute case before December 9, its secretary Zafaryab Jilani said on Monday.

“We have prepared the review petition and we can do it any day before December 9,” he said.

Jilani said that the AIMPLB is going to request the apex court to conduct an open court hearing in the case.

“If the Sabarimala matter can be given an open court hearing, then why not ours,” he asked. 

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