Never asked Sibal to get Ayodhya case postponed: Sunni Board

Posted December 08, 2017

Modi attacked Sibal for linking the Ram temple issue to the Lok Sabha elections.

This submission of Kapil Sibal led to huge uproar with the Sunni Waqf Board and his own Congress party dissociating themselves from the suggestion to delay resolution of the over 70-year-case. He also took a potshot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he should get his facts right before making any comments.

"Yes Kapil Sibal is our lawyer but he is also related to a political party, his statement in SC yesterday was wrong, we want a solution to the issue at the earliest", news agency ANI quoted Sunni Waqf Board member Haji Mehboob as saying.

"Whatever Sibal has said has been stated with prior consultation with all advocates including leaders of the Muslim Personal Law Board".

Sibal told the three-Judge Bench of the Court that all the exhibits were not filed before this Court. Modi asked at a rally in Gujarat's Dhandhuka. He said, "Does the Waqf Board fight elections?"

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Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday questioned the Congress Party's stand on the controversial Ram Janmbhoomi matter. However, the court rejected his plea and set the next date for hearing on 8 February, 2018. The Congress vice president had put out a tweet on Tuesday carrying erroneous percentages to depict a rise in the prices of essential commodities in a graphic and asked the prime minister whether his government was "for the rich".

The stakeholders in the case had moved the apex court after the Allahabad HC directed the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the Lord Ram Lalla to settle for a three-way division of the disputed site.

The Supreme Court's Record of Proceedings is as confusing as the claims of the parties engaged in the controversy.

The Supreme Court commenced the hearings in the Ayodhya dispute yesterday morning. The chairman of the body, Zufar Ahmed Farooqui said Sibal wasn't the board's lawyer and that Mehboob himself was not a member of the board, "but an individual party to the matter". The Supreme Court order mentions names of other lawyers like K Parasaran, Rajeev Dhavan and Dushyant Dave.