Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday expressed dissatisfaction with the verdict in the Ayodhya title suit, quoting former Chief Justice JS Verma to say the Supreme Court was "indeed supreme, but not infallible".
Owaisi, chief of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen party, repeated the quote again and again during a press conference he gave a couple of hours after the Ayodhya judgment was delivered.
In a unanimous ruling, a five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple on the former site of the Babri Masjid, whose destruction in 1992 by kar sevaks sparked deadly riots. The court ruled that the Sunni Waqf Board should get an alternate plot of five acres within Ayodhya for a mosque.
"This is a victory of faith over facts," Asaduddin Owaisi said.
He had earlier tweeted a picture of a book about the Supreme Court; the title was the same as the refrain in his press conference: "Supreme But Not Infallible".
Sunni Waqf Board lawyer Zafaryab Jilani said the board respected the judgment but wasn't satisfied with it. "It has lot of contradictions. We will seek a review," he said.
Senior advocate CS Vaidyanathan, who was the lawyer of deity Ram Lalla in the title dispute, welcomed the judgment, saying was a victory for the people. "It is a very balanced judgment and it is a victory for the people of India," he said.