The executive committee of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) meeting in Hyderabad on April 23, 24 will chalk out action for the civil and criminal cases connected with Babri Masjid. These cases are pending in Supreme Court and Rai Bareli court in UP.
The senior member Zafaryab Jilani told HT in Lucknow on Friday that board was extremely unhappy over the slow progress in Babri Masjid demolition case going on in Rai Bareli. He said the CBI was quite slow in dealing with the conspiracy case involving senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, VHP leaders Ashok Singhal, Uma Bharti and others.
Jilani said that the CBI had reportedly planned to close down appearance of witnesses in demolition case. Jilani said the board had repeatedly asked the central government to speed up trial in the case but so far there was no positive response.
"We will oppose this move, as there are at least four more important witnesses who should depose before the court", Jilani said, adding the board would chalk out an action plan on the issue.
The committee, consisting of 51 members, is also scheduled to discuss progress in civil suit in Babri Masjid-Ramjanma Bhoomi issue. After High Court verdict in the civil case on September 30, 2010, the board had announced to challenge it in the Supreme Court and so far five special leave petitions have been filed. The board spokesman Qasim Rasool Ilyas said Hyderabad meeting would discuss plan to raise funds for litigation in apex court.
Jilani said the Congress-led UPA government had also so far not responded to the board's suggestions in central waqf bill pending before Parliament. He said the board had asked for some amendments in the proposed bill. Similarly the board, he said, was opposed to brining minority institution within the ambit of Right to Education (RTE) Act. He said the RTE would adversely affect the functioning of these institutions. He said the committee would also review progress in ongoing welfare programmes, including Shariat courts, in Muslim society.