Indian Muslims to File Review Appeal in Babri Mosque Case

A body of top Islamic clerics of India has decided  to file a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict on the Babri Mosque, local media reported.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board, a private body of intellectuals and organisations working to protect Muslims in India , said  it would seek a review of the judgement, which rejected Muslim claims over the land.

The All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) decided to refuse the 5-acre alternative plot of land that the Supreme Court asked the government to allot for a mosque.

On Nov. 9, the Supreme court of India ruled that the historical site of early 16th century Babri Mosque should be handed over to Hindus for the construction of Ram Temple.

The apex court also ruled that a “suitable plot” of land measuring 5 acres would be allotted to the Sunni Waqf Board either by the central government or provincial government to construct a mosque.

“There are apparent errors in the Supreme Court judgement, and we felt that it would be prudent to file a review petition,” Syed Qasim Ilyas, a member of the group, told a press briefing.

The main Muslim litigant in the case, the Sunni Waqf Board, has declined to file a review petition saying it respected the verdict.

A meeting of the AIMPLB was organized in Lucknow, northern India, with different Muslim parties to discuss whether to go for a review of the court’s judgement in the Babri Mosque case.

The site in Hindu-majority Ayodhya has been the centre of a bitter dispute between India’s majority Hindus and Muslims, who make up about 14 percent of the population, since Indian independence.

Built in 1528 under the rule of first Mughal emperor Babur, the grand mosque along with a land of 2.77 acres in India’s central province of Uttar Pradesh was demolished by a group of radical Hindus in 1992. Hindus claimed one of their gods, Lord Ram, was born at the site of the mosque.


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