Never asked Sibal to get Ayodhya case postponed: Sunni Board

PM Modi welcomed the stance of Sunni Wakf Board that the case should be redressed in a time bound manner.

Zafaryab Jilani, convenor of the Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC) which has been fighting the Ayodhya dispute case on behalf of the Muslims, on Wednesday showed solidarity with senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, in the wake of his asking for a July, 2019 date for the next hearing of the long-standing matter.

Just a day after, Supreme Court adjourned the hearing of various appeals filed in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case to Feb 8, reactions from across the board began pouring in. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in Gujarat, repeatedly attacked the Congress over the issue.

Sibal raised the doubts over the assertions of ASG Mehta and told the Supreme Court that "he and other petitioners have not been served relevant documents of pleadings".

Sibal suggested deferring hearing of the case till 2019.

Sibal said that since it's a sensitive matter and the issue is used to polarise voters, a verdict before the Lok Sabha elections wouldn't be fair.

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"I want to question the Congress Party and explain if it wants the Ram Janmbhoomi matter to be heard at the earliest or not", he asked. I was never a Sunni Waqf Board lawyer.

Soon after Kapil Sibal's suggestion hit the TV screens of the news channels and flashed on news websites, the Sunni Waqf Board rejected the move saying, "No such directive had been given by the board".

PM was quick to congratulate Mehboob and the Waqf Board for exposing the Congress design through Sibal even before the Board sought to clarify that Mehboob had no locus standi in the organisation.

Addressing BJP workers during his Gujarat election campaign in Dahod, Modi said, "The Sunni Waqf Board must be congratulated for their courageous stand and for disassociating themselves from the statement of Kapil Sibal".

Kapil Sibal represents Sunni Waqf Board. "The prime minister should decide if he is giving any direction to the Supreme Court?"

The Hindus, however, claim that a Ram temple that originally stood there was demolished to construct the mosque.

  • Regina Holmes