As the Ayodhya dispute case's marathon hearing came to an end on Wednesday, and in a dramatic twist the Sunni Waqf Board decided to give up claim on the decades-old land, advocate Shahid Rizvi confirmed that a settlement was reached between the parties involved. In conversation with Republic Media Network's Nalini Sharma, the advocate representing the Sunni Waqf Board said that this is the case that is to be settled outside the Courtroom.
He said, "For almost 10 years we are into it and we have tried our best to get a verdict in the interest of the nation and the community's interest. From 2017 onwards I have been individually projecting the idea of having a dialogue among the parties so that a solution outside the Court can be found."
"This is the case which is to be settled outside the courtroom among the parties where no party is a loser or winner, so the integrity and unity of the country is maintained and continued. Many intellectuals were contacted, and every educated person had agreed to that and they had held various meetings at various points of time and discussed the issues. Ultimately, the SC is also of the view, they had directed the parties to sit across the table and decide the issue among themselves, so they are relieved of the huge burden fallen on their shoulders," he added.
Advocate for the Sunni Waqf Board in the Ayodhya case stated that it is for the Supreme Court (SC) to take a call on the matter, however, the settlement is towards the 'development' of the country and 'betterment' of the minority.
He said, "It is the SC that needs to take a call, but I assure you if this settlement goes through it is for the development of the country and betterment of the minority. No party will have the feeling that 'I have lost it.'" When questioned if certain parties have reached an amicable settlement, the advocate responded saying, "Yes, of course, they have."
The advocate further elaborating on the mediation stated that the atmosphere in the meetings was cordial and called the settlement the "most reasonable" for the Ayodhya case. He said, "The atmosphere in the meetings was so cordial that each one of us was of the view that we have to see the development of the country. The outcome of this Court is also watched internationally. That is why the SC twice has given the parties the liberty to decide it among themselves. I would appeal to all parties in the litigation to go to the mediators and see the settlement which has already been arrived, and sign on it so we move ahead."
"This settlement is the most reasonable one, I assure you that nobody who sees it will call it unreasonable and everybody would be happy. History is going to be written. It is absolutely balanced, I guarantee you, neither the Muslims nor Hindus will have any grudge, it is a win-win solution. If this goes through, it will bring new India into being. This is not a dispute between two individuals but involves the sentiments of both the parties," he added.