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Ayodhya verdict: Sunni Waqf Board files appeal before Supreme Court

December 14, 2010 - New Delhi

The Sunni Central Waqf Board on Tuesday filed a petition before the Supreme Court, challenging a Allahabad High Court judgment in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suits.

Advocate Zafaryab Jilani, who is appearing for the board, said the petition argues that the High Court verdict is based on faith, rather than documentary evidence on where Lord Ram was born.

The petition argues that the judgment violates the fundamental principles under Articles 25 and 26 - freedom to practice religion of choice.

The judgment satisfies the Hindu litigants' right to property by declaring the birthplace inside the masjid, and thus, riding roughshod over the Muslims' right to practice their religion.

"Articles 25 and 26 give equal rights to all faiths. One faith cannot suffer at the expense of another," he said.

The appeal has the endorsement of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board.

The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court had earlier on September 30 ruled by majority that the disputed land in Ayodhya be divided into three parts.

The High Court bench decided to divide the disputed 2.7 acres of land into three parts, with each of the three parties to the suit getting a part of it.

The ownership of the disputed land has been divided as follows: (1) Ram Lalla, the birthplace of Lord Ram, given to Lord Ram (2) Sita Rasoi and Ram Chabootra to Nirmohi Akhara and (3) The remaining part to be given to the Sunni Waqf Board.


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