Shia Waqf Board Files Affidavit In Supreme Court Saying It Is Okay With Ram Temple On Ramjanmabhoomi

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5:18 pm 8 Aug, 2017


In what may prove to be a major turning point in the Ayodhya Ram Temple dispute case, the Shia Central Waqf Board told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that they are okay if the temple is built on the disputed site.

They said that at the same time a mosque should be built in a Muslim-dominated area some distance away from the Ramjanmabhoomi site.


The makeshift Ram Temple at Ayodhya. IndiaTV

In its 30-page affidavit submitted to the apex court, the Board said that the Babri Masjid was its property. The Board said that because of the exclusive right over the Masjid, the Board alone has the right to negotiate an amicable settlement of the dispute.

The affidavit assumes immense 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.

BJP leader and member of the Rajya Sabha, Subramanian Swamy, praised the move:


In a very insightful observation, the Board reportedly said that the construction of a mosque and the temple on the same land will lead to confrontations in the future.

But the counsel of the Babri Masjid Action Committee said that the Shia Waqf Board’s affidavit is just an appeal.


As of now, the Shia Waqf Board is one of the parties to the dispute. But the Board said in the affidavit that the title of the disputed land was wrongly transferred by the British government to Sunni Waqf Board in 1946.




According to Zee News, the Shia Board has decided to challenge the 1946 order which was given by a Faizabad court.