Won't challenge SC's Ayodhya verdict: Sunni Waqf Board
The Sunni Waqf Board has announced it will not challenge the Ayodhya verdict delivered by the Supreme Court today. Chairman of UP Sunni Waqf Board Zufar Faruqi in a written statement said he "welcomes and humbly accepts" the Ayodhya verdict delivered by the Supreme Court.
"I, as the chairman of the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board, want to make it clear that the Board will not go in any review of the Supreme Court's order or file any curative petition," Zufar Faruqi said.
In its verdict, the Supreme Court upheld the land title of the Hindu side and ordered the government to allot a 5-acre plot elsewhere n Ayodhya where the Sunni Waqf Board can construct a new mosque.
Sunni Waqf Board was the main litigant from the Muslim side in the Ayodhya case.
Earlier in the day, the Board's lawyer Zafaryab Jilani had said they are dissatisfied with the court's verdict and will appeal against it. "The Ayodhya verdict has a lot of contradictions. We will seek a review as we are not satisfied with the verdict," he had said.
On this, the Sunni Waqf Board said, "Any statement in this regard by any individual, lawyer or organisation which mentions that the Sunni Waqf Board will (file a review petition) is not our line."
Meanwhile, news agency PTI in a report said talking to it later, Zafaryab Jilani clarified that the press conference was organised by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and he had reacted as its secretary and not as the counsel for the Sunni Waqf Board.
The Sunni Waqf Board had last month proposed withdrawing claim on the disputed land with some conditions in the national interest.
The Supreme Court, in a unanimous verdict on Saturday, paved the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.