Ayodhya Judgement: Muslim Law Board to file a review petition, refuses alternative 5-acre plot

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 17, 2019, 04.10 PM(IST)

File photo: Zafaryab Jilani. Photograph:( ANI )

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The apex court further directed the government to give a suitable plot of land measuring five acres to the Sunni Waqf Board.

All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Sunday decided to file a review petition against Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya issue.

The board also rejected the apex court order in which they granted 5 acres of land under Article 142 for a new mosque saying it was against Shariat and Waqf law.

Zafaryab Jilani, who represented the Muslim parties in the Ayodhya title suit has said that the land of the mosque belongs to Allah and under Sharia law, it cannot be given to anybody. Zafaryab Jilani is also secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB).

"We will file the review petition in the Supreme Court and we will not also accept the 5 acres of land to be given to us on the direction of the apex court, as it is against Sharia," said Jilani.

The decision was taken during the Working Committee meeting of the AIMPLB held here.

"In the Supreme Court verdict, such things have been written that will lead to confrontation with each other. According to Sharia, the Masjid remains at the place where it is once built. It is not allowed as per Sharia to accept anything in place of Masjid be it land, money or any other thing adjoining it," said Maulana Rahman while addressing the press conference.

The Supreme Court on Saturday (November 9) directed the Central government to hand over the disputed site at Ayodhya for the construction of a temple and set up a trust for the same.

The apex court further directed the government to give a suitable plot of land measuring five acres to the Sunni Waqf Board.

A five-judge constitution bench presided by Chief Justice Gogoi and comprising Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer passed the order on a batch of petitions against an order of the Allahabad High Court which trifurcated the site between the parties -- Ramlalla Virajman, Sunni Central Waqf Board and Nirmohi Akhara.

A decade-long legal dispute was fought by Hindu Mahasabha, a sect of Hindu monks Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Waqf Board over 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya.

(With inputs from ANI)