Babri Masjid was built by demolishing temple: Shia Waqf Board to SC

The Babri Masjid at Ayodhya was demolished by Hindu radicals

The SC bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Friday directed UP's Yogi Adityanath government to get the 90,000- page oral evidence in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, which is in eight languages including Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Sanskrit, translated in 10 weeks and fixed December 5 to hear cross-appeals in the matter.

The Supreme Court posted further hearings on petitions challenging the Allahabad high court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case till December 5 on Friday.

The three-judge bench of the high court, by a 2:1 majority, had said the land be partitioned equally among three parties-the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

A couple of days earlier, the Shia Waqf Board told the apex court that a mosque could be built near the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. During the entire hearing before the High Court, the Shia board never took any such stance and hence it does will not stand before the SC, Jilani also said.

On August 8, the Shia Central Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh on told the Supreme Court that a mosque could be built in a Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from the disputed site in Ayodhya.

Additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta appearing on behalf of the state government stressed that the hearing should begin soon and parties can translate the documents which they want to rely on during the hearings.

However, its intervention has been opposed by the All India Sunni Waqf Board which claimed that judicial adjudication between the two sects had already been done in 1946 by declaring the mosque, which was demolished on 6 December, 1992, as that belonging to the Sunnis. All parties involved had challenged the decision in the Supreme Court. Senior BJP leader and petitioner Subramanian Swamy has submitted his petition on Fundamental Right to worship on the debated site should be decided first on the priority basis. "Shia Board, having the jurisdiction and authority of superintendence over Shia Waqf, has come out with an appeal to this Court that in lieu of the one-third share of the land, they will be given land elsewhere for the Mosque".

Notably, the Allahabad High Court in the year 2010 ruling said that the disputed land be divided into three parts - one-third to Ram Lalla, represented by the Hindu Mahasabha; one-third to the Islamic Waqf Board; and the remaining third to the Nirmohi Akhara. The two boards representing two groups of muslim community are all set to fight out their case in court as Shia board has already blamed its rival for opposing amicable settlement of Ram Janam Bhoomi-Babri Masjid row.

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