Hyderabad: Describing the Allahabad High Court’s judgment on the title dispute of Babri Masjid as “more dangerous” than its demolition by a zealot mob in 1992, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has given a clarion call to the Muslim community to donate generously to meet the high costs of challenging the verdict in the Supreme Court.
Responding to the board’s appeal, Hyderabad MP and president of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen ( MIM) Asaduddin announced a donation of Rs 55.5 lakh on behalf of his party and the legislators.
Owaisi, who was the president of reception committee for the two-day meeting of the board’s 51-member executive committee that ended on Sunday, said: “The judgment could be used to decide the fate of other mosques and shrines of the Muslims in the country. Therefore, if the Muslims wish to live with dignity in the country and also protect their places of religious importance, they should come forward to participate in the legal battle that will begin in the Supreme Court soon.”
He said that of the total donation Rs 50 lakh was from the party fund and the remaining came from the legislators.
The board chairman Maulana Syed Mohammed Rabe Hasani Nadwi said that the appeal was aimed at all the Muslims in the country. “Donate whatever your pocket permits. This is a critical time in the life of the Muslims in the country,” he said.
AIMPLB chairman, general secretary Maulana Nizamuddin, assistant general secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani, assistant secretary M A Raheem Quraishi and reception committee secretary M A Raheem Ansari spoke to a select group of Muslims at a private hotel in the city and urged them to raise necessary funds.
Quraishi said that the total estimated cost to fight the Babri Masjid case in the Supreme Court would be Rs 12 crore. In all, about 10 cases would be filed on behalf of various Muslim individuals and the institutions. Eminent legal experts would be hired to fight the cases. TOI