New Delhi: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has got proposals from various parts of the country to open 10 Sharia courts (Darul Qaza), out of which five have been approved and will be opened soon, board secretary Zafaryab Jilani said on Sunday.
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The other five proposals are under consideration, Jilani told PTI.
On the row over the board reportedly looking to set up such courts in every district of the country, Jilani said it was not true and that he was misquoted. He said that at a meeting of the board in Delhi on Sunday, the Darul Qaza Committee tabled its report which stated that from 10 February to 30 June, three Sharia courts (Darul Qaza) have been set up — two in Mumbai and one in Lucknow.
Apart from that, the report said 10 applications had come for setting up Sharia courts, out of which five have been approved, while five others were under consideration, according to Jilani. He said among those five that have been approved, one is being inaugurated in Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh, on Monday. On 22 July, a Sharia court will be set up in Surat, Gujarat, while on 9 September one will be set up at a place in Maharashtra, one on 20 November and the fifth one will be set up by the end of 2018. He said the news about the AIMPLB planning to set up such courts in every district was not correct and emphasised that the courts are set up only when a proposal comes to the board. "Local people sponsor it and bear the financial burden. Board appoints the Qazi. We establish it when a proposal comes to us," Jilani said. "The Supreme Court has already stated that it is not a parallel judicial system. The ruling by Qazis is not binding on anybody. However, more than 90 percent people accept it. These are more like arbitration councils," he said of the Sharia courts. A host of other issues such as the court developments in the Ayodhya case were also discussed during the meeting, he said.