The former Samajwadi Party leader Mohd Azam Khan, MLA from Rampur, today targeted the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and Sunni Central Waqf Board (SCWB) for failing to make efforts to take possession of one-third land allotted by the High Court in Babri Masjid-Ramjanma Bhoomi case.
Talking to Hindustan Times here on Wednesday, Khan said, before deciding to move the Supreme Court the two boards should have made efforts for the possession of the allocated land.
“I am surprised that AIMPLB did not even consider such an option”, Khan said, adding, the board appeared to be in a tearing hurry to move the apex court.
He also objected to the waqf board counsel Zafaryab Jilani’s announcement immediately after the HC verdict on September 30 about approaching the apex court in the matter.
“It is shocking that our advocates could not prove title on the mosque”, he said and added “for what were they contesting the case”.
He said the AIMPLB should have asked the central government to provide the possession of the one-third land and thereafter make legal effort for remaining portion of 1500 square meters of mosque land.
“It appears the AIMPLB was afraid of taking possession of one-third land and thus decided to move the apex court”, Khan said and added the AIMPLB’s meeting on October 16 to decide about approaching the apex court was meaningless, as Jilani had already announced it on September 30.
“Jilani should not have announced it and waited for the rival parties to act”, he commented.
In fact at AIMPLB meeting on October 16, president Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind (JUH) Maulana Mahmood Madni too had raised similar point of asking the centre to implement HC verdict. But there was no taker of his suggestion at the meeting.
“It appears the clerics did not want to put the Congress-led UPA government in difficult situation by demanding possession of the land”, said a board member on the condition of anonymity.
However some other clerics including Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahli had pleaded for the out-of-court settlement. Khaid Rashid said that nobody bothered to read the spirit of the verdict.