New Delhi, December 2: Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, one of the Muslim parties in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title dispute case, will file a review plea against the Supreme Court's verdict on December 6. The date assumes significance as Babri Masjid, once stood on a plot of land which is considered by Hindus to be the birthplace of Lord Ram, was demolished by kar sevaks on December 6 in 1992. The review petition will be filed through Jamiat's Uttar Pradesh general secretary Maulana Arshas Rasheedi. Ayodhya Verdict: Full Text of Supreme Court Judgment in Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi Title Dispute.
"The documentation is in the final stages. Our legal cell is drafting the review plea and needs a few days to finalise details," Rasheedi was quoted by Times of India as saying. He further said that the first part of the Supreme Court's judgment contradicts the latter part. Seeking an explanation for "contradiction", the Jamiat functionary said: "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."
The Supreme Court on November 9 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, and ruled that the Muslims will get 5 acres of land at an alternative site. Last week, the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board announced that it will not file a review petition. Two more litigants - UP Shia Central Waqf Board and Iqbal Ansari - have decided not to seek a review of the apex 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.
Reacting to Muslim parties decision to file a review petition, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar urged them to reconsider their move. "It's the right of Muslim bodies to file a review petition. They have an opportunity. But this matter has been resolved now, so I would request all to think over it. Both parties have accepted the Ayodhya judgment," he told news agency ANI on Sunday. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar refused to comment when asked if Muslim parties were adopting double standard.