Build masjid at distance from disputed site at Ayodhya: Shia

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The Shia Waqf Board said that the mosque can be built in a Muslim-dominated area.

According to Zee News, the Shia Board has made a decision to challenge the 1946 order which was given by a Faizabad court.

Chairman of the Shia Waqf Board, Wasim Rizvi, claimed that Mir Baki Mosque was a property of Shia Waqf Board, which he said was the rightful owner.

The Waqf Board claimed that a part of the disputed land given to the Shia Waqf Board - a party in the Ayodhya case - belongs to it.

It sought setting up of the committee headed by a retired Supreme Court judge, two retired judges of Allahabad High Court, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister or his nominee and a nominee from the office of the Prime Minister.

According to me, this intervention by the Shia Waqf Board is god sent, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said.

A Supreme Court Bench led by Justice Dipak Misra is scheduled to hear on August 11 a batch of appeals in the volatile Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi title dispute.

The court suggested that if required, a principal mediator can be chosen by the court to settle the issue.

BJP has openly batted for Shia Waqf Board to be included in the case as one of the parties. Needless to say that a Waqf has to be either Shia or Sunni Waqf and not a Waqf alone.

The Allahabad High Court had in 2010 directed that the Ayodhya site, where the Babri Masjid once stood, be split between Nirmohi Akhara, the Waqf Board and the Ramlala, who were all claimants.

Justices Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer are the other members of the bench, which would adjudicate the dispute over ownership of Ram Temple-Babri Masjid land.

Chief Justice J.S. Khehar said if the parties want him to mediate, then he is ready for the task.

Swamy had said the main appeals against the Allahabad High Court order are pending for the last seven years in the apex court and these required urgent hearing.

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