AIMPLB Member Salman Nadvi Supports Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Board Miffed

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Friday rejected the possibility of any kind of settlement on the land "dedicated to the Babri Masjid" at Ayodhya, stating that such a move would violate the basic tenets of Islam. It did not commit to a "dayto- day" hearing of the case.

The court also brought to notice that it would be dealing with the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case as a pure land dispute case.

What the bench appeared to be attempting was to divest the heated dispute over ownership of the 2.77 acre core site of political considerations by making it clear that cases be settled on evidence and not a long history attached to them or inherent communal overtones. "There are appeals and crossappeals", a three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said after an advocate, who wanted to intervene in the matter, said it involved sentiments of 100 crore Hindus.

The Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court had ruled in favour of partitioning the land equally among three parties-the Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and the "Ram Lalla" (infant Lord Ram), represented by the Hindu Mahasabha.

The bench also refused to entertain applications for interventions, observing that the five suits were capable of handling the case.

In May previous year, a Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Lucknow charged senior BJP leaders Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti with criminal conspiracy in Babri Masjid demolition case.

The petitions before the judges relate to the 2010 verdict of the Allahabad High Court in the title suit that had been pending for almost six decades. He also said it was not the tradition of the Bar. The Bench while granting two weeks for completion of translation asked the Registry to supply copies of videos of Archaeological Survey of India, which were submitted as evidence before the Allahabad High Court.

The meeting comes at a time when the Supreme Court is hearing a batch of petitions against the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ayodhya dispute.

Speaking to reporters, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy quoted Misra as saying that the court would "certainly go on the principle of day-to-day hearing" after the next hearing. "They want to assist the court in reaching a just verdict".

The court was informed that certain books filed in the set of appeals were in a language other than English.

At this, CJI Misra said he was breaking the Constitution bench to hear other matters as hundreds of poor citizens were waiting to have their matters heard and even devoting one hour or 90 minutes could settle many of those matters.