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Muslim parties refute move to settle Ayodhya dispute

New Delhi: The controversy in Ayodhya title dispute refuses to die down even as  the verdict has been reserved on the matter on Wednesday.

A rift has emerged within Muslim parties, as the lawyers of the Sunni Waqf Board has expressed  disagreement in connection with the settlement on the dispute through mediation.

A statement issued by five lawyers on behalf of the Muslim parties apparently hints at a  conspiracy between mediation panel member Sriram Panchu and Sunni Waqf Board chairman  Zufar Ahmad Farooqui in connection with the settlement of the 70-year-old politically sensitive dispute.

“That the leak to the press may have been inspired by either mediation committee directly or  those who participated in the said mediation proceedings or participants. It needs emphasis that  such a leak was in total violation of the orders of the Supreme court that had directed that such  proceedings should remain confidential,” said the lawyers, which also include advocate-on-record, Shakil Ahmed, for the Sunni Waqf Board.

The statement said that timing of the leak to the press and its confirmation by advocate Shahid  Rizvi, on behalf of the Waqf Board, on Thursday appears suspicious. 

“On the very date when the hearing closed seems to have been well thought out. Panchu was also  in the premises of the Supreme Court on October 16 and was communicating in the premises to  Zufar Farooqui.” 

Rizvi, another lawyer for the board, had told the media that Ayodhya needs settlement and not  judgment, and is the opinion of the board

chairman  too.

The lawyers emphasized that it is difficult to accept that any mediation could have been done  under the circumstances.

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