The Muslim community, which was eagerly waiting for the verdict in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit, appeared to be disappointed when it was finally delivered on Thursday.
The court’s decision to divide the disputed land into three parts has created a difficult situation for the community. The main plaintiff, UP Sunni Central Waqf Board, has decided to move the Supreme Court against the high court verdict.
The All India Muslim Personal Board plans to summon a meeting by October 10. Its general secretary Maulana Nizamuddin told HT the decision was against Muslims and impossible to implement. “We will challenge it in Supreme Court,” he said.
Central Waqf Board Chai-rman Zufar Ahmad Farooqui said it would meet next week. Board counsel Zafaryab Jilani said the verdict was not only partly disappointing but also against the settled principles of law and evidence provided by his side.
Well-known historian Irfan Habib said the court relied on the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) excavation report, which was not historically correct.
He said the ASI report contained distortions and it appeared the verdict gave weight to religious belief rather than historical fact.
Even though the handing over of one-third of the land to the Sunni Waqf Board has helped ease anxiety among Muslims, the verdict has been taken with pinch of salt.
“It is no win situation,” said Naib Imam Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahli. But Muslims were largely disappointed with the verdict, he said.
But a teacher, Raza Hasnain Naqvi, had a different take on the issue.
“I have been speaking to my friends and relatives and most of us are okay with the verdict. I think we need not go to the Supreme Court. We are okay with one-third land,” he said.