Breaking his silence on the Allahabad High Courts ruling in the Ayodhya title suits,Union Minister of Corporate Affairs & Minority Affairs Salman Khursheed today dismissed suggestions that the judgment was based on faith rather than evidence. He said the verdict offered more persuasive platform for dialogue than ever in the past.
It is simplistic to say that the verdict was delivered on grounds of faith rather than law. Largely,it is the law you rely upon. People have given judgements without reading the courts verdict. In terms of political sagacity,people in government should not comment on it. I dont know what to say. People who are going to react have already made up their mind as to what to say without reading the verdict. Faith has little persuasion. The relief given by the court may be workable or unworkable. But attempts were made to find a possible way forward, Khursheed told The Sunday Express.
He was on an official visit to Nigeria during the time of the verdict. Since his return,Khursheed,who represents Farrukhabad in the Lok Sabha,has been going through the ruling.
Asked about the contentious issue of the birthplace of Ram,as dealt by the judges,Khursheed said,Whether mythical or not,this part of the verdict gave only the backdrop of the dispute. (Justice S U) Khans ruling is not based on belief. It is based on legal entitlements,which are based on possessory rights. Peoples accounts,governments correspondence,and a whole lot of things were used in the backdrop. I think the verdict provides a more persuasive platform of dialogue than has ever been in the past.