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Kapil Sibal clarifies he never represented Sunni Waqf Board in court

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Senior lawyer and leader on Wednesday clarified he never represented the Sunni Waqf Board in the ongoing long-standing Ayodhya matter in the Supreme

This clarification of his has come in the wake of the board distancing itself from his yesterday's statement in the wherein he demanded for the next hearing to be held only in July 2019 after the completion of the next polls, citing political ramifications

Sibal also hit out at Prime Minister Modi for making statements against him and his stand on the matter in a rally in Gujarat, ahead of the assembly polls in the state.

"The prime minister did not check the fact that actually I never represented the Sunni Waqf Board in the Supreme And yet he thanked Sunni Waqf Board for a statement on the basis that I represented them. I request the prime minister to be a little more careful," Sibal told ANI.

Sibal is the lawyer for Iqbal Ansari, a co-petitioner in the lawsuit over the title to the disputed Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid site.

"Will a discussion on my going to the and representing someone solve serious problems in the country? If yes, then the prime minister should say so. Issuing statements won't help India in any way. It'll just take the nation towards controversies.

Don't divide the people of our country like this. You may win, perhaps in your mind, but you will lose badly and India will lose if you only care about yourself not India," he added.

He further said, "We believe in the Lord, we don't believe in you Modi ji. You (PM Modi) are not going to build that temple; it will be done when God wants it. The will decide."

Prime Minister Modi had earlier congratulated the Sunni Waqf Board for dissociating themselves from Sibal's statement in connection with the matter.

The Supreme deferred the hearing in the case for February 8, 2018, following which, a controversy erupted wherein the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attacked the Party and Sibal of adopting a double standard on the issue and politicising it.

The Babri Masjid was built by Mughal emperor Babur in Ayodhya in 1528.

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

Citing this, Hindu zealots demolished the mosque on December 6, 1992, triggering communal riots in various parts of the country.

Meanwhile, today, a Delhi will deliver its verdict in connection with the terrorist attack on the makeshift Ram Temple in Ayodhya in 2005.

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First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 21:40 IST