Ayodhya case: The Muslim Personal Law Board will file a review petition

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The All India Muslim Personal Law Board has decided to file a review petition on the Supreme Court's decision in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case.

The board issued a press release saying that the executive meeting of the board was held on Sunday in which the Supreme Court's November 9 decision was discussed in detail.

After the meeting, Board Secretary Zafaryab Jilani, Board Member Qasim Rasul Ilyas and other colleagues addressed the journalists.

During the press conference, Zafaryab Jilani said that among the Muslim parties, Misbahuddin, Maulana Mahfuzurrahman, Mohammad Omar and Haji Mahboob have given their consent to file a reconsideration petition.

When asked about another party Iqbal Ansari, Zafaryab Jilani said that the district and police administration are putting pressure on Iqbal Ansari.
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Jilani said, "Iqbal Ansari is opposing the petition because the Ayodhya administration and police are under pressure from him." The Lucknow district administration also prevented us from meeting, so we had to change the place of meeting at the last moment. Earlier this meeting was to be held at Nadwa College but later it had to be held at Mumtaz College.

According to Jilani, senior advocate Rajiv Dhawan will file a review petition from the board. Rajiv Dhawan was also an advocate for Muslim parties in the Supreme Court earlier.

But Hindu Mahasabha's lawyer Varun Sinha has said that the Muslim Personal Law Board is not a party to it, or how can it file a petition. According to Sinha, the Sunni Waqf Board has to decide in this matter.

Varun said that everyone has the right to file a review petition but according to them there is no legal basis to go against this decision.

Talking to journalists, Zafaryab Jilani said that in the board meeting it was felt that there is not only contradiction on many points in the Supreme Court decision but on many points this decision seems beyond comprehension and at first glance seems unfair.

Jilani said that for these reasons the board has decided to file a review petition in the Supreme Court.

Jilani also clarified that Muslims cannot accept five acres of land in lieu of Babri Masjid.

Jilani said that the Muslims had gone to the Supreme Court to demand justice, instead of Babri Masjid, they did not go to any other place. He said that there are already 27 mosques in Ayodhya, so it is not just about mosques.