The former head of NCM Wajahat Habibullah says that Ayodhya's verdict is deeply flawed, favors the revision
NEW DELHI: Qualifying Ayodhya's verdict of the Supreme Court as deeply flawed, the former head of the National Commission for Minorities on Monday favored a review of the ruling, saying it could have legal implications in the future.
Habibullah, who was also the first chief information commissioner of India, said the Supreme Court ruling attempts to address the concerns of the two communities.
I feel that the verdict is deeply flawed. I would not say that the verdict is constructive, but neither is it a destructive verdict. In the sense that he tries to address the concerns of the two main communities, he told PTI.
He has argued, for example, that the destruction of the mosque was illegal ... and that is very important. They also recognized that Hindus also have a stake, although I disagree with the nature of the stake, said Habibullah, who was CIC from 2005-2010 and then was head of NCM.
On the claim of the president of the National Commission for Minorities, Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi, that Muslims are happy with the trial, the former head of NCM said his opinion does not have much weight with the Muslim community.
When asked if the Muslim side should submit a petition for review of the verdict, Habibullah said the Supreme Court ruling has legal implications, therefore, it would be a good idea for the Supreme Court to have a second opinion.
The All-India Muslim Law Board (AIMPLB) had said Saturday that it was considering requesting a review of Ayodhya's verdict.
Zafaryab Jilani, principal lawyer of the Muslim parties in the Ayodhya land dispute case, has said that the decision to seek a review of the verdict will probably be taken at a meeting of the Muslim Personal Law Board of all India (AIMPLB) on Sunday.
Several Muslim leaders and organizations have argued against seeking a review and have asked not to continue the matter.
Sources from prominent Muslim body Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind have said he was not in favor of submitting a petition for review and that he wants the matter to end.
The Waqf Central Sunni Board of Uttar Pradesh, one of the main litigants in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid case, welcomed the Supreme Court verdict and said it has no plans to challenge it.
Taking a similar line, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid in Delhi, Syed Ahmed Bukhari had said that the matter should not be extended further.
Expressing his satisfaction with the Supreme Court ruling in Ayodhya's case, Iqbal Ansari, one of the litigants, also said he will not question him in court.
In a historic verdict, the Supreme Court on Saturday supported the construction of a Ram temple by a government trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and ruled that an alternative five-acre site should be found for a mosque in the Hindu holy city .