‘De­mo­li­tion of Babri done by Hindu Tal­iban’

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Dhanan­jay.Ma­ha­p­a­tra @times­group.com

New Delhi: Mus­lim par­ties stak­ing full claim to the dis­puted Ay­o­d­hya site told the Supreme Court on Fri­day those who de­mol­ished Babri Masjid couldn’t claim own­er­ship and said the act was the hand­i­work of “Hindu Tal­iban.”

In the midst of lin­ger­ing ar­gu­ments on whether a five­judge con­sti­tu­tion bench should be as­signed the task of de­ter­min­ing if a mosque was es­sen­tial for of­fer­ing na­maz by Mus­lims, se­nior ad­vo­cate Ra­jeev Dha­van said, “Bamiyan Bud­dhist stat­ues were de­stroyed by Mus­lim Tal­iban in Afghanistan and in 1992, Hindu Tal­iban de­stroyed Babri Masjid.” He ar­gued that the dis­puted site never be­longed to those stak­ing claim on it for the last 500 years.

Ap­pear­ing for the cen­tral Shia Waqf Board, se­nior ad­vo­cate S N Singh told the SC that the mosque, since it was built by Babur’s Shia gen­eral Mir Baqi, right­fully be­longed to the Shias.

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