JUH, AIMPLB to file review petitions in 1st week of December

New Delhi: Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind will file the review petition against Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict on December 3 or 4. According to sources, the draft of the petition is ready.

Claiming that the Supreme Court’s decision was “beyond the understanding” of millions of people, Jamiat chief Maulana Arshad Madani said they want to use the privilege provided in the law, to make a review request. And they don’t want to disrupt the country’s “national solidarity and law and order”.

The decision has been taken after the recommendation of a five-member expert panel under the chairmanship of Madani. The panel comprising legal experts and religious scholars looked into every aspect of the November 9 Supreme Court verdict before making the recommendation.

The Jamiat panel observed that in its more than 1,000-page judgment, the five-member apex court bench under the then Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi accepted most of the evidence and arguments in favour of the Babri mosque.

Sources quoted the expert panel as saying, “While the legal option is available, there is also Sharia obligation to defend the masjid till the last breath.”

Meanwhile, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) also announced that it will file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ayodhya title suit before December 9.

AIMPLB secretary Zafaryab Jilani informed that the board is firm on its decision to file a review petition.

However, the Sunni Central Waqf Board, one of the main litigants from the Muslim side, has decided not to file a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case. It has not been decided yet on whether to accept a five-acre alternative plot for a mosque.