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  • The Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board Wednesday said it would ask the government to give it the five-acre plot that the Supreme Court said should be allotted for building a mosque, if the the Sunni board rejects the offer.

    The Sunni Central Waqf Board on Tuesday decided that it will not file a review petition against the Supreme Court's verdict on the Ayodhya d...

    In an important meeting of the board, attended by seven of the eight members, it was decided not to file a review petition against the apex court's decision. Six members present were of the view that review petition should not be filed, Board chairman Zufar Farooqi said.

    “All further actions, in compliance of the orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, including the issue of five acres of land in Ayodhya, are still in consideration of the board and no decision in this regard has been taken yet," the board said in a statement.

    Muslim body chairman Zufar Farooqi said members can discuss the issue of Ayodhya case review petition in their November 26 meeting. "I have been authorised to take a decision on behalf of the board but if any member has objection to it, he can raise it in the meeting," Farooqui said. The Board will take a decision on whether to accept land or not.

    Chairman of the board Zufar Ahmad Farooqui said the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board has sought legal opinion on how to implement the Supreme Court’s order granting five acres of land to the board for building a mosque in Ayodhya as there’s no unanimity among the Muslim community on the issue.

    "The Shia Central Waqf Board welcomes the Supreme Court decision and congratulates the countrymen, especially those who fought the legal battle in a dignified manner," board chairman Waseem Rizvi said in a statement. The apex court had dismissed the appeal of the Shia Waqf Board and held that the land belongs to the government as per revenue records.

    A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi gave a unanimous verdict dismissing the Shia Waqf Board's appeal in the case over the disputed structure. It said the disputed land was government land in the revenue records.

    The apex court directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot at an alternative place to the Sunni Waqf Board, one of the parties in the decades long contentious dispute, for building a mosque. The entire 2.77 acres will remain with the receiver and will be handed over to a trust to be formed in 3 months to build a temple.

    "As of now, it has to be seen whether the board can refuse to take the five-acre land for the construction of a mosque as ruled by the Supreme Court. Will it amount to contempt of court? The board has started taking legal opinion on this point," he said. Farooqui said there were divergent views within the board on the matter.

    The Sunni Waqf Board has welcomed the apex court's decision on Ram janmabhoomi-Babri masjid land dispute case. The Supreme Court, in a unanimous verdict on Saturday, paved the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya and also allotted 5-acre land to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.

    In a unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court paved the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, while directing the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque. UP Sunni Central Waqf Board Chairman, Zufar Farooqui told PTI that he was getting diverse views on whether to take the land.

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