Coming as a big development in the disputed Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir issue, the Shia Waqf board on Tuesday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Ayodhya matter and said that the temple should be built at the disputed site and the Masjid can be located in a Muslim dominated area at a reasonable distance from Shree Ram’s birth place.

Filing the affidavit, the Shia Waqf Board said closeness of places of worship “should be avoided in as much as both denominations using loudspeakers tend to disturb religious performance of each other, often leading to conflicts and acrimony in the two factions”.

Further elaborating on the affidavit, the Board said, “Since Babri Masjid was a Shia Waqf, we are alone entitled to negotiate and arrive at peaceful settlement with other stakeholders.”

Speaking on the issue, Zafaryab Jilani of the Babri Masjid Action Committee on Shia Waqf Board said “this is just an appeal, this affidavit has no value in law”.

The Babri Mosque Action Committee was formed in 1986 after Muslims protested the move to allow Hindus to pray in the mosque. The development had come following a district court order where it said that the gates of the mosque be opened and Hindus be allowed to worship there.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy who had appealed in the Supreme Court for the day-to-day hearing in the matter, said, “According to me this intervention by the Shia Waqf board is god sent.”

In November 2016, Subramanian Swamy had appealed in the Supreme Court for the day-to-day hearing in the case. The court later agreed to hear Swamy’s plea in respect to why matters related to Ayodhya temple dispute should be heard on a day-to-day basis.

In February 2017, the Supreme Court had also allowed Swamy to intervene in the pending matters relating to the Ayodhya title dispute with his plea seeking construction of Ram temple at the site of demolished disputed structure.

Having its say in the matter previously, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) had also reiterated its demand for the enactment of a law to facilitate the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site. 

(With inputs from IANS)

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