Muslim board to discuss Babri Masjid case

AIMPLB will discuss the Mulayam Singh Govt's refusal to issue fresh notification in the Babri case, reports Masoodul Hasan.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2007 22:37 IST

Amid crucial state assembly elections the executive committee of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) would be meeting in Delhi on Sunday to discuss the Mulayam Singh Yadav government’s refusal to issue fresh notification in Babri demolition case and amendment in UP Zamindari Abolition Act to give inheritance to wife and daughter in landed property.

Also on the agenda is Darul Qaza (Shariat court) issue, which is pending in Supreme Court and UP government plan to remove Muslims from near disputed site in Ayodhya.

Talking to

Hindustan Times

on Saturday senior board member Zafaryab Jilani said “41-member committee would be discussing progress in the Babri Masjid case”. The board had taken up the two issues at its general body meeting in Chennai in January last.

The board had authorised chairman Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadvi to take it up with the chief minister. Jilani said Yadav government despite repeated reminders did not issue fresh notification clubbing the case numbers 197 and 198. Nadvi is likely to explain the position on the issue. On raising the issue during the election, Jilani said “we have nothing to do with the elections”.

After the demolition of Babri mosque the CBI had registered two cases. The case number 197 was against “kar sewaks” and the case 198, which is about the demolition conspiracy involving BJP leaders LK Advani, Dr MM Joshi, VHP leader Ashok Singhal, Uma Bharati and others is pending in Rae Bareli court. The AIMPLB had been pressing the state government to issue fresh notification to club with case number 197 in Lucknow.

Jilani said the board had also opposed the state government plan for demolition of houses of Muslims in the vicinity of dispute Babri Masjid-Ramjanma Bhoomi area. He said the UP government had sent the plan to centre citing security reasons.

Referring to Congress-led UPA government’s stand on Shariat court, Jilani said the board had expressed satisfaction over the centre’s affidavit in the matter. He said the “Law ministry prepared affidavit exactly on the guidelines of the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh”.

He said a delegation of AIMPLB had met Dr Singh to apprise him of the functioning of Shariat court. Jilani however expressed concern over UP government so far not making its stand clear on Darul Qaza in the apex court. The committee would also chalk out modalities for expansion of the board by including 50 more members.

First Published: Apr 21, 2007 22:34 IST