Ayodhya: Shia Waqf Board stakes claim on disputed land, offers to give it to Hindus

The Hindu side has concluded its arguments. The Sunni Waqf Board will present its arguments on Monday.

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Shia Board stakes a claim on disputed site at Ayodhya, says it is ready to give its share to Hindus
The Supreme Court (Source: NewsX)

The Shia Waqf Board has also staked a claim on the one-third share of the 2.77 acres disputed land at the Ramjanmabhoomi site in Ayodhya. As per reports, the board has claimed that they have a claim on it too and they are ready to give away their share to Hindus.

As per reports, advocate MC Dhingra, appearing for the Shia Central Waqf Board stated in court yesterday that in the 2010 verdict given by the Allahabad High Court, a one-third share of the disputed land was given to ‘Muslims’, and not specifically to Sunnis.

Dhingra stated before the 5-judge bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi that in Shia Board’s records, the disputed Masjid at the site was listed as Masjid Mir Waqi and as a Shia property till 1944.

Dhingra further argued that the Mosque was wrongly enlisted as a Sunni Waqf property after 1944 and after that, the Sunni Waqf Board started staking a claim over the site.

Dhingra further argued that the Sunni Waqf Board had listed the property as theirs without giving any notice to the Shia board and the Shia Board had lost the 1946 case on ‘very slim grounds’.

The day-to-day hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute has been continuing in the Supreme Court. On Friday, advocate PN Mishra, representing the Akhil Bharatiya Sri Ram Janma Bhoomi Punarudhhar Samiti had concluded his arguments saying that Islamic Law does not allow for the adverse possession of any property, especially a Mosque if the landowner does not own the land completely. He also explained how the construction, design and practices at the place all indicated that it could never be a Mosque.

On Thursday, Mishra had put forth that the said Mosque was not constructed by Babur and there is no evidence that the Mosque was built in 1528. He furthered that Babur was also not the owner of the disputed land and hence the Sunni Waqf Board has no claim on the land.

The Sunni Waqf Board will present its arguments on Monday. The 5-member constitution bench has CJI Ranjan Gogoi, justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer.