Respect Ayodhya verdict but not satisfied, says Sunni Waqf Board lawyer; calls for review

Minutes after the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute was announced, Zafaryab Jilani, the lawyer for the Sunni Waqf Board said that the board respects the Supreme Court judgment. Zafaryab Jilani, who has represented the Muslim side in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title suit, also said the board is “not satisfied” with the judgment, which ruled in favour of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas.

A Supreme Court bench, led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, on Saturday delivered its judgment in the decades-long Ayodhya title dispute case. The Supreme Court in a unanimous verdict Saturday granted the entire 2.77-acres of disputed land in Ayodhya to deity Ram Lalla in a set of four directions.

The five-judge bench directed the Centre to form within three months a trust which will build a temple at the disputed site.

The Sunni Waqf Board, which was a party to the seven-decade-old title suit, should be given an alternate five-acre land at some other suitable place for construction of a mosque, the unanimous judgment read.

Addressing a press conference after the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya title dispute case, senior advocate Zafaryab Jilani said, “We respect the judgment but we are not satisfied, we will decide further course of action.”

He also said that the Ayodhya judgment has a lot of contradictions.

“[We] respect the verdict but the judgment is not satisfactory. The Ayodhya verdict has a lot of contradictions, we will seek a review on it,” the senior advocate said, adding, “There are several portions in the judgment…we are unhappy and dissatisfied with this judgment. We will file a review petition if our committee agrees on it. It is our right and it is in the Supreme Court’s rules as well.”

The Sunni Waqf Board lawyer appealed people to maintain peace. “There should be no demonstration of any kind anywhere on it,” the Muslim side counsel said.

“We ask people to maintain peace and we will take whatever legal recourse we can. Land of the mosque in the inner courtyard has also been given to the other side,” he said.