Muslims Not Satisfied with Ayodhya Verdict, Decide to File Review Petition

Justice Ranjan Gogoi Chief Justice of India with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of India, Ram Nath Kovind. Photo courtesy: Rashtrapati Bhavan
Justice Ranjan Gogoi Chief Justice of India with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of India, Ram Nath Kovind. Photo courtesy: Rashtrapati Bhavan

The All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) announced today that it will file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Ayodhya case. The Board also refused to accept 5 acres of alternative land given for a mosque, as decreed in the court judgment.

The AIMPLB Secretary Zafaryab Jilani said that the land of the mosque belongs to Allah and under the Sharia it cannot be given to anybody.

In its 1,045-page judgment delivered on November 9 by a 5-judge constitution bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, the court ruled that the entire 2.77 acre disputed land in Ayodhya be handed over to a trust to be formed for the construction of the Ram temple.

The AIMPLB refused to accept this judgment. It said in a press conference held today in Lucknow that the Supreme Court has made glaring errors and there are many contradictions in its judgment.

“AIMPLB will file a review petition in the Babri Masjid case due to the apparent errors in the supreme court verdict,” the AIMPLB executive body decided in its meeting in Lucknow today. It added that there cannot be any alternative to the mosque.

Earlier, AIMPLB had stated that the Supreme Court judgment is against its expectations. “We presented solid evidences to prove our stance. Our legal committee will review the judgment. We have sincerely tried to fulfill our responsibility to restore the demolished Babri Masjid,” AIMPLB said on the day of the judgment.

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