Build Ram Temple at Babri Masjid Site, Shia Board Tells SC
Board says a mosque can be constructed in a nearby Muslim-dominated area
New Delhi: TheUttarPradeshShia Wakf Board has urged the Supreme Court to mediate in the Ayodhya issue and suggested that a Ram temple be built at the disputed site and a mosque in a nearby Muslimdominatedareaasawayoutoftheacrimoniouscourtbattleovertheland.
The board, which is not a party to the Ayodhya title suit, said also the twostructuresshouldnotbecontiguous to prevent any future incidents of discord and disharmony. It called upon the top court to mediate betweenthewarringparties:currently the Sunni Central Wakf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the deity, who hasbeennamedasapartytothecase and represented by a VHP leader.
The Shia board had lost a case over the disputed structure in 1946. Now it is seeking to reopen the issue, by urging the court to allow it to intervene and present its case in the title suit. The Allahabad High Court had in a 2010 ruling divided the land into three parts, with two-thirds going to the Hindus and the rest to Muslims. Both sides have challenged the decision. The Hindus have sought the entirelandandwantthe Muslims to shift out to across the Sarayu r iver, a proposa l made publicly by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. The Sunni Wakf board had refusedtocedetheland, i nste ad s ayi ng it would wait for a court verdict on the issue. The Uttar Pradesh Shia Wakf Board said it has received threats from hardliners for its stand, but wants a peaceful solution to the issue. Seven years have passed since the Allahabad High Court ruling, but nothing has come out of it, the boardsaid.Nomeetingsordialogues have taken place between the stakeholders during this time, the board said,whileurgingtheSCtoappointa retired judge of the top court and two retired judges from the Allahabad High Court to facilitate talks between the two sides.
Theboard,whichclaimedtheBabri Masjid structure as a Shia Wakf property, cited the Muslim “tenets of living in peace and harmony and respecting the religious sentiments of other communities” to offer its solution to the issue. “…to bring a quietus, the masjid can be located in a
Board also says two structures should not be contiguous to prevent any future incidents of discord
Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from the most revered birthplaceofMaryadaPurushottam Shri Ram,” it said.
The Shia board accused the Sunni board of being under the dominant control of “hardliners, fanatics and non-believers”. CJI JS Khehar, acting on a plea by Swamy, had offered the services of any sitting judge to mediate in the issue, but had not followed up on this as the BJP leader was not a party to the title suit.