Never represented Sunni Waqf Board in Supreme Court: Kapil Sibal

Ayodhya A view of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in October 1990. Several rallies and demostrations were organised in country on the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the mosque. PTI

In a fresh twist to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, the Sunni Waqf Board on Wednesday disassociated itself from senior advocate Kapil Sibal's arguments in the Supreme Court, seeking postponement of hearing in the matter till the 2019 elections.

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

Sibal had on Tuesday urged the court to take up the 25-year-old matter up only after July 2019, stating that the case was being used to polarise the electorate with an eye on the polls.

Reacting swiftly to BJP president Amit Shah's allegations on the Congress's stand on Ram temple in Ayodhya, Randeep Surjewala and Pawan Khera, the national spokespersons of the Congress, said that the Congress stand on the Ram temple was similar to the BJP's - the readiness to accept the verdict of the Supreme Court.

"Now Congress links Ram Mandir with elections".


"The Sunni Waqf Board must be congratulated for their fearless stand on the matter and disassociating themselves from the statement of Kapil Sibal ji", the PM was quoted as saying by ANI. "We want that the case is solved at the earliest", he stressed. It said it had not issued any instruction to Sibal to seek shifting of hearing till after the general elections. We want a speedy hearing and so do people of this country as they want a Ram temple soon.

Swamy further said that the hearing for Babri Masjid-Ram Janmbhoomi had begun where both parties had to put their positions before court, but Kapil Sibal said that the court can not proceed since they have not received all the documents. He, however, noted that the Congress has said the views expressed by Sibal, who represents the Sunni Waqf Board in the case in the Supreme Court, were his own. I do not know on whose behalf the counsel for the Muslims appearing in the apex court, Kapil Sibal had stated this.

The Congress has retorted by saying that Shah's statement was aimed at diverting attention from real issues in the Gujarat polls.

"The PM did not check the fact that actually I never represented the Sunni Waqf Board in the Supreme Court and yet he thanked them. Or, is it the case that the board and the Congress are working in tandem?" he asked. "They put many efforts to delay the hearing of the case", he said.

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