Ayodhya case: Miffed over 'deliberate' leak, Muslim parties rule out any settlement plan (Photo Credit: File image)
Miffed over the 'deliberate' leak of the crucial details in the settlement plan of sensitive Ayodhya land case, the Muslim parties, have ruled out any kind of settlement on the issue. In a statement issued by counsel of Muslim parties, they said that there is no question of any kind of settlement now since agreement was willingly leaked in the media either by the mediation panel or by sone of the parties.
In the statement issued by Ejaz Maqbool, who is the Waqf Board's lawyer on record in the Supreme Court, said "... we must make it absolutely clear that we the appellants before Supreme Court do not accept the proposal made which has been leaked out to the Press, nor the procedure by which the mediation has taken place nor the manner in which a withdrawal of the claim has been suggested as a compromise."
Maqbool, alleged the report had been "obviously leaked out either by the Mediation Committee or Nirvani Akhara which claim the right on the Mosque or others".
On Wednesday, sources had claimed the Waqf Board has given up its claim to the disputed site and has no objection to a Ram Temple being built on the land. The Board had apparently also offered to build a mosque at any other suitable place.
Maqbool trashed these claims saying "recent attempts before Mediation Committee were not representative" and pointed out the "leaks" came on the day that the top court finished daily hearings.
"It is difficult to accept that any mediation could have been done under the circumstances especially when the main Hindu parties had openly stated that they were not open to any settlement and all the other Muslim Appellants made it clear, but, they would not do so," he wrote in his statement.
The mediation panel, comprising former Supreme Court judge FM Kalifulla, spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, started consultations with various groups in March. Its report was submitted to the top court on Wednesday.