UP Shia Waqf Board asks for Ram Mandir construction in Supreme Court

The makeshift Ram Temple at Ayodhya. IndiaTV

The makeshift Ram Temple at Ayodhya. IndiaTV

The court later agreed to hear Swamy's plea in respect to why matters related to Ayodhya temple dispute should be heard on a day-to-day basis.

"We are ready to build a Masjid in the Muslim dominated area of the contested land", Shia Board said in the affidavit.

The Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board (UPSCWB) said, in the affidavit, that only they are entitled to negotiate and arrive at a peaceful settlement with other remaining stake holders.

The affidavit assumes enormous significance because it paves the way for the construction of the Ram Temple at the dispute site as well as a mosque some distance away from it. The Hindu bodies while demanding that Ram temple be allowed to be constructed at the disputed site have suggested that a mosque could be built at a distance away from this area.

The Board also sought time from the SC to set up a committee to explore an amicable settlement of the Ayodhya dispute.

The High Court had divided the disputed land equally between "Ram Lalla", the Nirmohi Akhara and the Sunni Wakf Board.

As first step towards realising its goal, the Shia Board made a decision to challenge a 1946 order by a Faizabad court that awarded the ownership of Mir Baki Mosque, also known as Babri Masjid, to the Sunni Central Waqf Board.

"Only the Imam and Muezzins of the mosque were Sunni who were paid by the Shia Mutawwali".

BJP has openly batted for Shia Waqf Board to be included in the case as one of the parties. According to the Shia Waqf Board, they can also leave the claim on the disputed site, if the government gives them the place to make such a mosque in another place.

Supreme Court has constituted a three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra to hear petitions in the Ayodhya land dispute case.

Chief Justice J.S. Khehar said if the parties want him to mediate, then he is ready for the task.

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