After 'PM not real Hindu' remark, Sibal targets Modi over Mandir issue

After 'PM not real Hindu' remark, Sibal targets Modi over Mandir issue

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.

Kapil Sibal told the top Court that whenever this matter is heard, there are serious repercussions outside the Court and to preserve the decorum of Law and Order, and that he personally requests Court to take this matter up on July 15, 2019, once all the pleadings are complete.

The Supreme Court yesterday fixed the next hearing for the long-standingCmatter for Feb.8, 2018.

To this end, Sunni Waqf Board member Haji Mehboob, who had earlier in the day distanced himself from Sibal's statement, said, "If Jilani saab is saying that what Kapil Sibal said yesterday was right, then I agree with him".

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Speaking on the same, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "As a lawyer, Kapil Sibal can argue any matter but he should not forget that he has been the law minister in the past". "The prime minister should decide if he is giving any direction to the Supreme Court", Sharma said. "We want that the case is solved at the earliest", he stressed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in Gujarat, repeatedly attacked the Congress over the issue. He, however, later clarified that he did not represent the board in the apex court. "With full confidence, we can say that we completely endorse what Sibal said", Jilani said.

Rehmani also said that Sibal had talked about shifting of the hearing on the advice of the AIMPLB and other Muslim parties.

"As the representative body (of Muslims), the board endorses and confirms the said statement of the counsels made in court", it said in a statement. Indeed, even in this instance, Sibal, Rajeev Dhavan, and Dushyant Dave were appearing for the litigants, and the Waqf Board could be backing off now because it doesn't want to be embroiled in a controversy, said a lawyer appearing for one of the litigants on condition of anonymity.

The Hindus, however, claim that a Ram temple that originally stood there was demolished to construct the mosque.

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