New Delhi, Aug 8, 2017: The Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board (UPSWB) on Tuesday filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court where it stated that Babri Masjid can be located in a Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from Shree Ram birth place.
In its plea, the Board claimed that since Babri Masjid was a Shia Waqf property, it is the only one which is entitled to negotiate and arrive at peaceful settlement with other stakeholders in the Babri Masjid-Ram Temple dispute case.
The submission from the Board came days ahead of August 11 hearing in the highly vexed case in the Supreme Court.
Earlier, the board had claimed that Babur was a Shia from Persia, which made Babri Masjid a Shiite structure.
Uttar Pradesh’s Shia Central Waqf Board had recently decided to stake claim on the demolished Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya, adding a fresh twist to the Ram Janmabhoomi dispute.
As first step towards realising its goal, the Shia Board decided to challenge a 1946 order by a Faizabad court that awarded the ownership of Mir Baki Mosque, also known as Babri Masjid, to the Sunni Central Waqf Board.