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Muslim board to oppose Centre's Ayodhya plea

February 09, 2003 16:24 IST

The All India Muslim Personnel Law Board on Sunday said it would oppose the Centre's move to get vacated the Supreme Court stay on religious activity at the undisputed land in Ayodhya.

The legal committee of the board, which met in New Delhi, decided not to oppose the government's plea for expeditious hearings in the case pending before the Supreme Court in which Aslam Bhure is the main petitioner, convenor of the AIMPLB's panel on Babri Masjid, S Q R Illyas, said.

"The AIMPLB is an intervenor in the Aslam Bhure case. We will oppose the government's move to get the stay vacated as and when the case comes up for hearing," Illyas said.

At the meeting, attended by five members and two special invitees including former Union minister Syed Shahabuddin, it was felt that the situation in Ayodhya has not changed as claimed by the government in the plea, he said.

"The Supreme Court had explicitly given its verdict in 1994 in the Ismail Farooqi case that the whole of 67 acres of acquired land shall remain in government's possession till the final decision in the pending title suit [before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court]. The apex court's stay was based on this aspect also, besides the ground situation," he said.

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