NEW DELHI :
Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, a key litigant in the Ayodhya dispute since 1961, on Wednesday said it will accept the judgement of the Supreme Court made on the basis of facts and evidence.
The statement comes ahead of the crucial judgement of the apex court, which is expected in the next few days.
“The Babri Masjid case is not a mere case of land dispute but a test case of the supremacy of law. Every justice loving person wants the case to be adjudicated on the basis of hard facts and evidence and not on the basis of faith and belief," Maulana Syed Arshad Madani, president of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, said at a media briefing.
Madani said his organization is hopeful that the judgement will go in its favour but asserted that, irrespective of the outcome, it would appeal to everyone to accept the judgement and maintain peace.
He said that if the court ruled that the location of the mosque is to be shifted, the verdict would be considered to have gone against Muslims.
“We reiterate our old stand that whatever judgement the Supreme Court delivers on the basis of facts and evidence, we will accept it and will appeal to Muslims and fellow citizens to respect it. We advise everyone to accept the judgement irrespective of whoever’s favour it comes in. The rule of law is supreme and should be upheld," he said.
Madani said that he had met Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat in this context and was glad that all parties concerned are respectfully abiding by their stand.
The statement comes against the backdrop of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who retires on 17 November, having only 10 days to deliver the crucial judgement.
The organization also shared its “reconciliation formula" to resolve the Ayodhya dispute. It has said that it is willing to give up its claim on Ram Chabutra on the condition that Hindu parties give up their claim over the three dome portion and its courtyard area.
“If the Hindu parties do not agree to the above mentioned formula, we should wait for the judgement of the Supreme Court," said a release by the organisation.
Madani also raised the issue of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370, which had given special status to the state, and urged the Union government to engage with all affected stakeholders to resolve outstanding problems.