Waqf Board to challenge verdict in SC

Written by Political Bureau | Lucknow | Updated: Oct 1 2010, 07:26am hrs
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.

We will appeal against the division of disputed land among three parties, Board lawyer Zafaryab Jilani told reporters here. The high courts formula of one-third land is not acceptable to the Waqf Board and it will appeal against it in the apex court, he said. Jilani said the Waqf Board would not surrender the land, but it remained open to a negotiated settlement.

Talks can happen if a proposal comes, he said. This proposal (for a settlement) would be tabled before the All India Muslim Personal Law Board for consideration but we wont accept any proposal to surrender. Jilani said the Board had time to appeal in the Supreme Court 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 a hurry as we have 90 days time to appeal as a matter of right, Jilani said.

Jilani said he did not agree with the findings of the three judges. The judgement... is not only partly disappointing but also against the settled principles of law and evidence adduced by the Muslim side, he said. However much cannot be said at this stage as we are yet to study the judgement in detail. Still, we are of the firm view that no public resentment is required as the matter can be taken to the Supreme Court and there is no reason for any loss of hope in favour of the mosque.