Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah and other prominent Muslims oppose filing of Ayodhya review plea
Around 100 prominent Muslims from across the nation has opposed the decision of some litigants to file a review petition challenging the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict. Those opposing the decision of filing a review also includes Bollywood’s veteran actors like Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah. They don’t want anyone to continue with the dispute as it will only harm the minority community.
As per a PTI report, members of the Muslim community who have signed the statement comprise of Islamic scholars, social activists, lawyers, journalists, businessmen, poets, actors, filmmakers, theatre personalities, musicians and students among others.
A statement issued by these signatories read, “We share the unhappiness of the Indian Muslim community, constitutional experts and secular organisations over the fact that the highest court in the land has placed faith above law in arriving at its decision. But while agreeing that the court order is judicially flawed, we strongly believe that keeping the Ayodhya dispute alive will harm, and not help, Indian Muslims.”
The appeal further read, “In choosing not to pursue the matter further, Muslims stand to gain goodwill and empathy of the non-communal millions from the majority community. This will be in the best interest of the community and the country.”
On November 9, the Supreme Court had delivered the landmark judgement on Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute. The verdict allotted the disputed land to Hindus while it also directed the Centre to allot a five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board in Ayodhya to build a mosque.