New Delhi: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions for appointment of central, state government representatives belonging to the Sunni Muslim sect in the Indo Islamic Cultural Foundation Trust which is set to carry out the construction work as well as manage affairs on the 5 acres of land allotted to it in Dhannipur village, pursuant to the Ayodhya Judgment.
Petitioners Shishir Chaturvedi and Karunesh Kumar Shukla submitted that the state government, in compliance of the judgment, has allotted 5 acres of land to the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board. The Sunni Waqf Board on July 29 declared the creation of a trust named ‘Indo Islamic Cultural Foundation’, which proposes to build a mosque, cultural and research centre and public utility facilities that will include a community kitchen, a hospital and a library within the 5 acres of land allotted to it. There is no provision for nominating any officer of the government in the trust created by the central government.
The petitioners contended: “It is expected that hundreds of persons will visit at the site of ‘Islamic Trust’ and it will get contributions from within India and also from foreign countries. It is the desire of every Indian that there should be peace and tranquility in Ayodhya and that there should be proper management of the funds and the property vested in the Islamic trust. It is in public interest that the central government and the state government may have all relevant information about the working of the trust to maintain public order and to ensure that no malpractices take place and the funds are not mis-utilised or misappropriated by any trust.
“Therefore, it is necessary that the central government may be directed to create a trust making provision for nomination of the officers of the government in the same manner provision has been made in Ayodhya Teerth Kshetra Trust created by central government vide order dated 5.2.2020,” said the plea.
Read the petition here;Ayodhya-PIL
-India Legal Bureau