The differences surfaced a day ahead of the working committee meeting here on Saturday.
The meeting will be important because the board has been monitoring the developments in court and financing the litigation expenses after demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992.
The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had on September 30 ruled that the disputed plot measuring 2.77 acres should be divided equally between the three main litigants — the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla (idols of baby Ram).
The clerics who want a negotiated settlement instead of a petition in the apex court include the president of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, Maulana Mahmood Madni, the board’s senior vice-president, Kalbe Sadiq, the Naib Imam of Lucknow’s Eidgah, Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahli and board working committee member Kamal Farooqui. All of them are expected to attend Satuday’s meeting.
Khalid Rashid said on Friday, “We will raise the issue of a compromise at the meeting.”
However, senior office-bearers of the board such as secretary general Maulana Nizamuddin and assistant secretary general A.R. Quereshi are against any out-of-court settlement. Nizamuddin had described the High Court verdict as “unfortunate for Muslims”.
A section of clerics in the board’s 51-member working committee favour an out-of-court settlement with the two main Hindu litigants.
The board's legal committee has recommended that the verdict should be challenged in the Supreme Court.
The differences surfaced a day ahead of the working committee meeting on Saturday.
The clerics who want a negotiated settlement include the president of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, Maulana Mahmood Madni, the board's senior vice-president, Kalbe Sadiq and the Naib Imam of Lucknow’s Eidgah.