AIMPLB sacks cleric who suggested shifting of Babri Masjid

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has passed a unanimous resolution to expel Maulana Salman Nadwi, a cleric who had suggested an out-of-court settlement in Ayodhya’s Ram Janmabhoomi dispute by shifting of Babri Masjid to another venue.

Right after Nadwi had made his views public, a disciplinary committee was formed to decide on a course of action. Nadwi had been given a chance to place his views during a general meeting held by the Muslim body, following which he was sacked for not changing his opinions.

AIMPLB member Qasim Ilyas addressed the media after the meeting and said the board will continue with its old stand that the Mosque cannot be gifted, sold or shifted. He said Salman Nadwi had been sacked because he had gone against this unanimous stand.

Nadwi had suggested shifting of Babri Masjid as an amicable solution to the dispute after a meeting with Art of Living founder Shri Shri Ravishankar, who took to Twitter to express “surprise” at AIMPLB’s decision, because members of the board had met with him and “expressed their commitment to foster amity amongst Hindus & Muslims, and to peacefully resolve this issue.”

The Ayodhya Ram mandir case is going to be heard by a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court next month onwards. During a hearing last week, Chief Justice Dipak Misra had declared that the court will entertain all interveners in the case but it will not hear any political or religious arguments.