Build Ram Tem­ple at Babri Masjid Site, Shia Board Tells SC

Board says a mosque can be con­structed in a nearby Mus­lim-dom­i­nated area

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

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