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Ayodhya case: MPLB's legal team meets on Saturday

By Vicky Nanjappa
October 08, 2010 19:33 IST

The legal cell of the Muslim Personal Law Board will meet in New Delhi on Saturday to finalise the next course of action in the Ayodhya case

Professsor Mohammad Sulaiman, senior Board member told that the legal cell had studied the matter and will prefer an appeal before the Supreme Court against the verdict delivered by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court last week.

On Saturday, a vote of all members of the legal cell will be taken on this matter and we are hopeful that there will be unanimity in moving the Supreme Court.

The legal cell, which has studied the high court verdict, now feels that there is not much clarity on the matter as yet.

The legal team has found that the ownership of the disputed land has not been handed over by the high court. In fact, it only speaks of an adverse possession and does not say that the title belongs to the Hindus.

When the appeal is filed before the Supreme Court the legal cell will seek to clarify this matter.

"We are not opposed to the matter of compromise and are even open for the same after the Supreme Court decides the matter. But the demand to hand over the title of the land when the high court has cleverly avoided the matter is not something that we are agreeable to. The other party should not try and transform adverse possession into ownership. We cannot compromise the four walls of the mosque," Sulaiman said.

"There has been some confusion -- a section of the Muslims has been saying that they are ready for talks. However, let me assure that no Muslim is ready to compromise on the four walls of the mosque. If there cannot be a solution like there has not been in the past 11 times, then let the Supreme Court decide," he added.

Following the legal cell's meeting, another meeting of the executive committee of the board will be held on October 16.

Vicky Nanjappa