The AIMLB made this big climbdown on the day the Supreme Court reserved its verdict on the validity of the contentious triple talaq issue. "We can't say when the court will pronounce its judgment", Khurshid told ANI.
In actuality, this is a "tussle" by Muslim women for justice against the men of their own religion, Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi submitted before a Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar.
Covered in a hijab, the Muslim woman, creating a scene at Kichha police, said, "What is the use of spending whole life with a man who can at any point of time desert his wife by saying Talaq, Talaq, Talaq?"
"Getting married under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, is not the solution".
Justice Kurian Joseph, one of the judges on the bench, asked, prompting Sibal to seek a week's time for the Urdu draft to be translated into English.
Earlier on Thursday, hinting towards the difference in his and All India Muslim Personal Law Board's (AIMPLB) opinion, Khurshid suggested that the court should harmonise different views so that becomes one acceptable view available for the courts in the country. It has to then say that rights will be protected, but if it is contrary to the Constitution, then it will be vague.
"Yes, you should not hear", replied Sibal. Also, by implication, triple talaq itself doesn't become extinct if a woman desires the provision.
The law board has been arguing that the instant talaq is a matter of faith, and the apex court should not interfere with the community's personal laws since the Constitution gives citizens the right to preach and practise their religion.
On the question of whether the Centre would bring in legislation or not, Rohatgi said that even when there was no legislation, courts had all the authority to intervene.
It had also said that the issue of polygamy and "nikah halala" would be kept pending and will be dealt with later.
"That is why, what is sinful can not be part of practice".
However, the Central government has termed triple talaq and all its forms as unconstitutional and has demanded that it must be struck down.
The cornered Muslim Board on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it has chose to issue a circular to all qazis across the country that while finalising "nikahnama" (marriage contract) they must take an undertaking from the husband that he will not give triple talaq to his wife.
Counsel Kapil Sibal's argument of "majority can not make laws for the minority", on Wednesday said that triple talaq was an "intra-minority issue where the men formed the class of "haves" and women were the "have-nots" and stated that courts were not the place to discuss religious texts.