LUCKNOW/NEW DELHI, Nov 17 - A review petition will be filed against the Supreme Court�s Ayodhya verdict, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind announced on Sunday, stressing that mosque land cannot be given up as per the Sharia.
The Board, after a meeting in Lucknow, also said that it was against accepting the five-acre alternative land given for a mosque as it �will neither balance equity nor repair the damage caused� and claimed the verdict had several contradictions.
The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, whose former Uttar Pradesh General Secretary M Siddiq was one of the original petitioners, said it will file the review petition soon as the verdict is �not based on evidence and logic�.
However, Iqbal Ansari, a main litigant in the Ayodhya land dispute case, distanced himself from the AIMPLB decision and stuck to his position that he will not go for a review. The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board, which has been awarded the five-acre plot by the apex court, had also welcomed the verdict but was yet to take a decision on �accepting� the alternative land.
Jamiat chief Maulana Arshad Madani said in a statement in Delhi that the apex court accepted most of the arguments and evidence of the Muslim parties, but delivered the judgment against them in favour of the Hindu parties.
�It is not a prestige issue. This is a matter of Sharia. We can neither give the mosque, nor take anything in lieu of it,� Madani told reporters in Lucknow.
The decision by the Jamiat to review the Ayodhya judgment was taken after its highest decision-making body, the working committee, gave its nod for filing the review petition following extensive deliberations involving lawyers and experts.
Sources said Jamiat�s working committee was earlier undecided on whether to file a review petition on the verdict and had formed a five-member panel headed by Madani on Friday to take a call on it after consulting with lawyers and experts.
�The committee (formed by the Jamiat) was of the view that our review petition will be dismissed, but we have to take this step (of filing the review),� Madani told reporters.
He was speaking after attending the AIMPLB meeting where AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi was among those present.
�The AIMPLB, which is not a direct party to the case, will continue to play the role of guiding force for the litigants and in managing the case. Out of the Muslim petitioners, at least five seem to be backing a review with the Jamiat already announcing that it will do so,� AIMPLB member Kamal Farooqui told PTI after the Board�s meeting in Lucknow�s Mumtaz College.
AIMPLB secretary Zafaryab Jilani told reporters after the meeting, �The land of the mosque belongs to Allah and under the Sharia, it cannot be given to anybody.�
�The Board has also categorically stated that it was against taking five-acre land in Ayodhya in lieu of the mosque. The board is of the view that there cannot be any alternative to the mosque,� he said. � PTI