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SC should defer Babri Masjid case till 2019 Lok Sabha polls: Asaduddin Owaisi

Wednesday March 7, 2018 0:41 AM, News Network

Asaduddin Owaisi

New Delhi: All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday slammed Art of Living (AOL) founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for his remarks on the Ayodhya dispute saying it was contempt of the Supreme Court, and stressed that the apex court should not hear the matter till the next Lok Sabha election.

"I would say that he has committed contempt of the Supreme Court by whatever he has said", Owaisi said adding that the apex court should not hear the matter till the next general elections.

Owaisi said Ravi Shankar has come out with his weird statement deliberately before the hearing on the issue in the court on March 14.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had on Monday urged Indian Muslims to "give up" their claim over Ayodhya and avert Syria like situation in the country.

"If Ram Mandir issue is not solved, we will have a Syria in India", Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said on Monday in an interview to India Today TV. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was till recently working on his "peace proposal" to find out an out of the court solution to decades old Ayodhya dispute. His proposal was however rejected by Hindus and Muslims both. There were also demands from a section of Hindus to ban Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's entry in Ayodhya.

The Ayodhya dispute is simmering India since 1949 when some Hindu activists broke into Babri Masjid – the 16th century mosque said to be built by one of the lieutenants of Mughal King Babar, Meer Baqi, placed idols of Hindu deities inside. The dispute reached its peak when the historic mosque was demolished in broad daylight by Hindu extremists on December 06, 1992. Top BJP, RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal leaders were present in Ayodhya when the mosque was demolished.

A subsequent land title case was lodged in the Allahabad High Court, the verdict of which was pronounced on September 30, 2010. In the landmark hearing, the three judges of The Allahabad High Court ruled that the 2.77 acres (1.12 ha) of Ayodhya land be divided into 3 parts, with 1/3 going to the Ram Lalla or Infant Rama represented by the Hindu Maha Sabha for the construction of the Ram temple, 1/3 going to the Islamic Sunni Waqf Board and the remaining 1/3 going to a Hindu religious denomination Nirmohi Akhara.

None of the stakeholders accepted the Allahabad High Court verdict and decided to move to the Supreme Court. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar worked on his "peace proposal" even as the Supreme Court said it will start the final hearing in the case from March 14, 2018. His latest warning to Muslims came after he found no taker of his proposal.

"Muslims should give up their claim on Ayodhya as a goodwill gesture... Ayodhya is not place of faith for Muslims. We cannot make Lord Rama to be born in another place", Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said while claiming that Islam does not allow worship at a disputed site.

"Some people are opposing my efforts because they thrive on conflict. All people will never agree with the court verdict", Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also said while also rejecting the suggestions that a public utility like a hospital should be built at the disputed site.

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