Babri Masjid Issue

Hashim Ansari moves SC against HC verdict on Ayodhya

The oldest litigant in the Ayodhya dispute case Hashim Ansari after having realised there was only a little chance of an out-of-court settlement of the decade long Janmabhoomi-Babri-Masjid dispute has moved Supreme Court on 14 February against the Allahabad High Court judgment which divided the land into three parts. Ansari along with the chief of the Akhada Parishad Mahant Gyaan Das made all efforts to arrive at a compromise formula between the various parties in the dispute. Before him, Bhagwan Ram Virajman, Sunni Wakf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and Hindu Mahasabha have already challenged the verdict of the Allahabad High Court in Supreme Court.

Hashim in his petition has said that High Court ignored the fact provided by him on the issue. He also said that he decided to move to the Supreme Court when he got the impression that none of the others were interested in an out of the court settlement of the issue.

The petition filed by Ansari’s counsel M R Shamshad said that the court’s conclusion that the mosque was built after the temple’s demolition, on the basis of an Archaeological Survey of India excavation report, was made without “properly appreciating technical and scientific objections”. It asked the apex court to allow the present appeal by setting aside the judgment passed by the High Court on 30 September, 2010. However, Muslim bodies are preparing to file five more Special Leave Petitions in the Supreme Court against the Allahabad High Court verdict.

Earlier, three SLPs have been filed by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and one by the Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind in the apex court. Dr S Q R Ilyas, convener of the committee on Babri Masjid for AIMPLB said, “We have challenged the verdict by filing four SLPs in the apex court so far. More Muslim bodies are preparing to file five more petitions.”

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 19

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