LUCKNOW: The Sunni Wakf Board on Thursday said it will move the Supreme Court against the Allahabad High Court order dividing the disputed land in Ayodhya among three parties and said they were not going to surrender it.
“We will appeal against the division of disputed land among three parties,” Mr Board lawyer, Mr Zafaryab Jilani told reporters here.
“HC’s formula of one-third land is not acceptable to the Waqf Board and it will appeal against it in the apex court,” he said.
He said they were not going to surrender the land. But one of the litigants in the case, Mr Hasim Ansari, welcomed the verdict. Mr Ansari said he had no objection to construction of the temple.
A mosque would be constructed on the land given to the Sunni Central Waqf Board, he added.
The Sunni Board is open to any negotiated settlement on the issue if such a proposal for negotiations for a settlement came to it, Mr Jilani said.
“Talks can happen if a proposal comes,” he said.
Mr Jilani said the Board has time to appeal in the SC as status quo would be maintained for the next 90 days.
“The Board will move the apex court after a meeting of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board. We are not in hurry as we have 90 days time to appeal as a matter of right,” Mr Jilani said.
He said personally he did not agree with the findings of the three judges.
Mr Jilani said the possibility of an amicable solution still exist provided there was a proposal to this effect.
“This proposal would be tabled before the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board for consideration but we won’t accept any proposal to surrender,” he said.
“The judgment pronounced in the case relating to Babri Masjid is not only partly disappointing but also against the settled principles of law and evidence adduced by the Muslim side,” Mr Jilani said.
“However much cannot be said at this stage as we are yet to study the judgment in detail. Still, we are of the firm view that no public resentment is required as the matter can be taken to the SC and there is no reason for any loss of hope in favour of the mosque,” he added.