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Advani urges SC to allow Ayodhya verdict
Published on 25 Sep. 2010 11:40 PM IST
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Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani Saturday urged the Supreme Court to allow a decision on the Ayodhya dispute by the Allahabad High Court, and said people had been waiting for a judgment in the case for over past five decades.
Advani, who visited the Somnath temple here along with former party leader Uma Bharti, said he was not able to understand the apex court’s decision to grant interim stay till Sep 28 on the Allahabad High Court’s pronouncement of verdict on the Ayodhya dispute. The high court was to deliver its verdict on the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi title suit on Sep 24.
“I appeal to the Supreme Court that the countrymen have been waiting for the judgment in the case for the last 50 years. I urge the court to take up the matter on Sep 28 and get the judgment delivered through this bench (of the Allahabad High Court),” Advani told reporters.
Advani said he respected the judicial system of the country and added that he had appealed to party workers to maintain calm.
He said people were waiting for the court’s decision on Ayodhya, and litigants too wanted a verdict and the Allahabad High Court had rejected the petition to defer the verdict.
Advani visits Somnath temple every year on Sep 25 since he took out a yatra from the place to Ayodhya in 1990.
CJI to head bench
on Ayodhya hearing
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia will on Tuesday decide the fate of the special leave petition seeking deferment of the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ayodhya title suit. Besides the Chief Justice, the bench would include Justices Aftab Alam and KS Radhakrishnan. The matter has been listed as the first item on the agenda at 10.30 am. The apex court had on Thursday, stayed for a week the High Court verdict following the petition moved by a retired bureaucrat Ramesh Chand Tripathi seeking deferment of the verdict to explore the possibility of an out-of-court settlement.
The apex court had passed the interim stay amidst sharp differences of opinion on the issue of staying the verdict between Justices RV Raveendran and Justices HL Gokhale.
Tripathi’s petition pleaded for exploring the possibility of an out-of-court settlement on the 60-year-old Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit dispute.
The court had also asked Attorney General GE Vahanvati to be present and assist the court when the matter comes up on Tuesday. Justice Raveendran was of the view that the special leave petition filed by Tripathi should be dismissed while Justice Gokhale was of the opinion that a notice should be issued for exploring the option of settlement.
Notwithstanding his reservations, Justice Raveendran, who was heading the bench, preferred to go along with Justice Gokhale in making one attempt to find a settlement.
“If there is one per cent chance, you have to give it (for settlement),” Justice Gokhale said.
Justice Raveendran in his order said, “One of the members of the bench is of the view that the SLP should be dismissed. Another member is of the view that the order should be stayed and notice issued.
“Tradition of this court is when one member says that notice be issued another says that it should not be issued, the notice should be issued.
“And we issue notice and stay the order. There shall be an interim stay for a week. Notice to all parties and the Attorney General who shall be present in the court”.
Tuesday’s special hearing assumed considerable importance in view of the fact that one of the three judges of the Ayodhya bench in Lucknow--Justice DV Sharma-- is due to demit office on October one.

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