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Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Ayodhya case: Muslim bodies speak in different voices

Ayodhya case: Muslim bodies speak in different voices

In a fresh twist in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, the Sunni Waqf Board on Wednesday said that they differ with senior lawyer Kapil Sibal's arguments in the Supreme Court seeking postponement of hearing in the matter till the 2019 polls, saying they favour an immediate solution to the long-standing dispute.

Mr Sibal had told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that since the court's decision in the case would have very serious ramifications, the hearing should be deferred till July 2019 by which time the general election will be over.

However, the Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer adjourned the hearing in the Ayodhya case for February 8, 2018.

Under attack, Sibal claimed he did not represent the Sunni Waqf Board in the Ayodhya case in the Supreme Court, and mounted a counteroffensive against Modi, saying he should have checked the facts before criticising him. When Lord Ram wants it the temple will be built wherever, whenever. "Or, is it the case that the board and the Congress are working in tandem?" he asked. "The prime minister should decide if he is giving any direction to the Supreme Court", Sharma said. Indeed, even in this instance, Sibal, Rajeev Dhavan, and Dushyant Dave were appearing for the litigants, and the Waqf Board could be backing off now because it doesn't want to be embroiled in a controversy, said a lawyer appearing for one of the litigants on condition of anonymity. His statement in the court was wrong. The chairman of the body, Zufar Ahmed Farooqui said Sibal wasn't the board's lawyer and that Mehboob himself was not a member of the board, "but an individual party to the matter". "We have got nothing to do with his statement", Mehboob said. Slamming Congress, he further said, "If a road to solution is coming let it come.All should work towards a peaceful solution. but they (Congress party) are trying to create hurdles". The stakeholders in the case had moved the top court after the Allahabad High Court directed the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the Lord Ram Lalla to settle for a three-way division of the disputed site. "They put many efforts to delay the hearing of the case", he said.

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