New Delhi, December 2: Nearly four weeks after the landmark Supreme Court judgment on the controversial Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title dispute case in Ayodhya, legal heir of original Ayodhya land dispute litigant M Siddiq -- Maulana Syed Ashhad Rashidi -- filed a review petition on Monday. In his 217-page petition, he sought a review of Supreme Court's November 9 judgment giving disputed land to Ram Lalla, while awarding 5-acre separate land to Muslim parties.
According to the review plea filed by Rashidi, he stated that the apex court judgment had effectively "granted mandamus for the destruction of Babri Masjid to construct a temple of Lord Ram at the disputed site". He claimed that it was untenable to condone the 1992 demolition of Babri Masjid and the bench erred by granting five acres to Sunni Wakf Board, which was neither pleaded nor prayed by Muslim parties. Ayodhya Verdict: Full Text of Supreme Court Judgment in Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi Title Dispute.
It is to be known that Rashidi is also a Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind's Uttar Pradesh general secretary, who earlier had claimed that the first part of the Supreme Court's judgment contradicts the latter part. Seeking an explanation through his plea, Rashidi had said, as quoted by Times of India, "The court admitted the mosque was not built by razing a temple and the demolition of the mosque in December 1992 was illegal. Yet, the court hands over the land to the other party."
On November 9, the Supreme Court bench -- headed by former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi -- had granted the ownership of the 2.77 acres of disputed land in Ayodhya to the Hindus, paving the way for the construction of a Ram Temple. It also ruled that the Muslims will get 5 acres of land at an alternative site. Apart from Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board, two more litigants -- UP Shia Central Waqf Board and Iqbal Ansari -- have decided not to seek a review of the apex court's judgment. Ayodhya Verdict: Seven of 10 Muslim Parties Decide to File Review Petition Against Supreme Court's Judgment.
However, seven of the 10 Muslim litigants have declared their intention to seek a review of the apex court's judgment in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title dispute case. Besides the Jamiat, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), an umbrella body of Muslim organisations in the country, along with five individual litigants have declared their intention to seek a review of the apex court's judgment.