Centre’s plea on undisputed land in Ayodhya a fraud: Qasim Rasool Ilyas

New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday moved Supreme Court asking that it lift the status quo on non-disputed land around the disputed site and hand over the surplus to the original owners. Reacting upon the move, co-convener Babri Masjid committee of Muslim Personal Law Board Dr Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas said that the move is a fraud. BJP is doing fraud with its cadre and supporters, he claimed.

Mr Ilyas said the government is fully aware that the 67-acre land has 3 stays by the courts, hence the status quo will be maintained until the verdict comes on Babri Masjid issue. He further added it must also be noted that the central government is not a party to the title suit. It has filed the writ petition only to appease its cadre, vote bank and Sadhu saints.

It must be noted that in the writ petition, the Centre said it had acquired 67 acres of land around the 2.77 acres disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site. In 2003, Supreme Court had ordered that the status quo be maintained with regard to the acquired 67 acres of land around the disputed site.

Meanwhile, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan clarified that there was no question of an ordinance on the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya and that the government would wait for the Supreme Court’s verdict.