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Waqf board to meet next week

The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board, the main petitioner in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title suit, will meet early next week to review the Allahabad High Court verdict to be pronounced on Thursday.

lucknow Updated: Sep 30, 2010 00:32 IST
M. Hasan

The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board, the main petitioner in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title suit, will meet early next week to review the Allahabad High Court verdict to be pronounced on Thursday.

Board chairman Zufar Ahmad Farooqui told HT on Wednesday that the meeting would finalise the board’s action plan on the basis of the verdict.

He said, “I cannot take a decision on my own because of the sensitivity of the case.”

The Babri mosque and its properties were registered as Sunni Waqf in 1945 after it won a legal battle with the UP Shia Central Waqf Board.

A waqf, according to Islamic law, is typically a building or a plot of land endowed for religious or charitable purposes. The 13-member waqf board consists of five state-nominated members, including three MLAs and two MPs, and eight elected members.

The board and Nirmohi Akhara and others, including a few Muslim individuals, are fighting the 60-year-old title suit