Ayodhya verdict: Muslim body files review petition in Supreme Court
On Monday, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind filed a review plea in the Supreme Court against its verdict in the historic Ayodhya land dispute case. This is the first review petition since the SC order, in the matter. Maulana Arshad Madani, chief of the Islamic body, said that a majority of the country's Muslim population is against the landmark judgment. Here are more details.
On November 9, a five-judge SC bench, headed by the then-Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, ruled that the entire 2.77 acres of disputed land should be handed over to deity Ram Lalla, for the construction of a Ram Mandir. The court further ordered the Centre to allot an alternate five-acre plot in Ayodhya to the Sunni Waqf Board for setting up a mosque.
Now, Maulana Arshad Madani told PTI, "The contention in the case was that mosque was built by destroying a temple. The court said there was no evidence the mosque was built after destroying a temple, so the title of Muslims therefore was proved." "But the final verdict was the opposite. So we are filing a review as the verdict is beyond understanding," he added.
Notably, on Sunday, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) also made a similar remark, saying that 99 percent of Muslims across the country are against the SC verdict. AIMPLB General Secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani had told PTI, "Trust has weakened after the SC verdict on Ayodhya. 99 percent of Muslims of the country are in favor of a review petition."
Meanwhile, Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has slammed both the Jamait and the AIMPLB for seeking a review of the Ayodhya judgment. In an interview with PTI, Naqvi said these organizations are trying to create an "atmosphere of division and confrontation."