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SC stays Ayodhya verdict till Sept 28
Published on 24 Sep. 2010 12:29 AM IST
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Supreme Court Thursday ordered an interim stay till September 28 on the pronouncement of the Ayodhya verdict by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High court.
The high court was due to deliver its verdict on the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi title suit Friday.
An apex court bench of Justice R.V. Raveendran and Justice H.L. Gokhale, while issuing notice to all the parties to the title suit, asked Attorney General Goolam Vahanvati to be present in the court when the case is heard Sept 28.
The ruling followed a petition of retired bureaucrat Ramesh Chandra Tripathi for postponement of the high court verdict at least until the end of the Oct 3-14 Commonwealth Games. It also sought the court’s direction to the parties to explore possibilities of an out of court amicable settlement.
Pronouncing the order, Justice Raveendran said that one member of the bench was of the view that the special leave petition be dismissed and the other was of the view that notice be issued to parties and the high court decision be stayed.
Raveendran said according to the convention whenever one member of the bench wants notice to be issued to related parties, and another member wants to dismiss the petition, the notice is issued.
Appearing for the petitioner Tripathi, senior counsel Mukul Rohtagi said that the country was already heaped with problems and there was hardly any scope for adding one more to the list.
He referred to the floods in various states, the Jammu and Kashmir imbroglio and the Commonwealth Games (CWG), indicating that these issues needed to be addressed on priority.
The high court also imposed a cost of Rs.50,000 on Tripathi.
The petitioner said that disputes of religious and emotive nature could only be resolved through arbitration, conciliation or mediation.
Congress welcomes deferment; BJP, Left differ
Political parties reacted contrastingly to Thursday’s Supreme Court decision to postpone the Allahabad High Court judgement on the Ayodhya temple-mosque dispute till September 28, with the ruling Congress welcoming the order and the opposition BJP questioning the motive behind the deferment.
The Left parties also found no purpose in the Supreme Court decision.
Congress general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi told reporters here that the “party respected the decision by the Supreme Court”.
“Congress party’s primary view is that issues like the Ayodhya dispute should be solved through dialogue between the concerned parties and communities,” Dwivedi said.
Minister of state in the PMO Prithviraj Chavan said: “It is good if the matter is sorted out-of-court.”
“The most important thing is that no untoward incident should happen after the court pronounces its judgment. We all will abide by the court’s verdict and if not satisfied, we have an option to approach the higher court,” said Chavan.
BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad Thursday questioned the intention of Ram Chandra Tripathi, whose petition was considered by the Supreme Court to defer by a week the Ayodhya verdict.
“The high court tried for reconciliation, but this man (Tripathi) had not appeared then. Maybe someone is playing some game in the name of the Commonwealth Games,” Prasad told NDTV news channel.
“Whatever be the judgement, both the parties should be abide by that,” CPI-M MP Basudeb Acharia told IANS. S.Q.R. Illyas of the AIMPLB said he was disappointed at the deferment of the verdict.
Sunni Central Waqf Board counsel Zafaryab Jilani told a TV channel from Lucknow: “I don’t think there is any chance of reconciliation.”

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