With continuing debate over the Babri Masjid demolition case, a Shia Waqf Board has today informed the Supreme Court that a mosque can be constructed in a Muslim dominated area, away from the disputed site in Ayodhya. The board, which is a party in the Ayodhya case, further claimed that a part of the controversial land given to the Shia Waqf Board belongs to it.
As reported by the Indian Express, in an affidavit the boards mentioned, “…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.”
Pleading for an amicable solution to the disputed issue, the board requested the court to form a panel headed by a former apex court judge, which will also comprise of members appointed by the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Earlier in 2010, the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court directed for a three-way division of the disputed area at the Ram Janmabhoomi-babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. The bench then ruled a partition of the land among three parties, the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
BJP Member of Parliament Subramanian Swami welcomed the development in the disputed matter and stated that the board’s intervention was ‘God sent’. Speaking to ANI Swamy said, “According to me this intervention by the Shia Waqf board is God sent.”
And as the dispute continues, a three-judge bench has recently been constituted to hear petitions challenging the Allahabad HC verdict in the land dispute case.