New Delhi: All 6 Muslim parties in the Ayodhya title dispute case except one – the Sunni Waqf Board – have said in a statement to the Supreme Court that they do not support the Board’s proposed settlement offer.
The statement was filed in the court by the advocates-on-record for the other Muslim litigants – Ejaz Maqbool, Shakil Ahmed Syed, M.R. Shamshad, Irshad Ahmad and Fuzail Ahmad Ayyubi. Shahid Rizvi, advocate-on-record for the Sunni Waqf Board, was not a party to the statement.
The statement issued by lawyer Ejaz Maqbool, the main advocate for the Muslim parties, has indicted mediation panel member and senior advocate Sriram Panchu of acting in colluding with Sunni Waqf Board chairman Zufar Faruqui. The statement also dismissed all talks of a possible settlement by pointing out that neither Faruqui represents the Muslim community nor has the Hindu side expressed willingness to settle.
On Wednesday, the last day of hearing of Supreme Court on Ayodhya issue, sources claimed the Sunni Waqf Board, primary Muslim litigant, in addition to giving up its claim to the disputed site, also had no objection to a Ram Temple being built on the land provided the Centre is willing to guarantee that all other places of worship in India will be protected from similar encroachment. The Board had apparently also offered to build a mosque at any other suitable place. But the two page statement alleges that all leaks about a possible settlement proposal by Sunni Waqf Board might have been done by the mediation panel itself although the Supreme Court has made it clear that mediation proceedings will remain completely confidential. The Sunni Waqf Board’s proposal was presented to the court via the three-member mediation panel.
"That the leak to the press may have been inspired by either Mediation Committee directly or those who participated in the said mediation proceedings or participants," it stated.
"Mr Panchu was also in the premises of the Supreme Court on 16th of October and was communicating in the premises to Mr Zafar Faruqui," alleged the note.
The Supreme Court is yet to speak on the latest report of the mediation panel which was submitted to it on October 16, the day when it reserved the verdict in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri land dispute case