Ayodhya ruling on Sept 24, plea to defer verdict rejected

Written by Political Bureau | Lucknow | Updated: Sep 18 2010, 06:47am hrs
The Allahabad High Court on Friday rejected an application which wanted the court to defer the judgement on the Ayodhya title suits and let all parties resolve the issue through mediation and reconciliation. The petition was dismissed after the court found that none except the applicant favoured such a course.

The Special Bench of Justices SU Khan, Justice DV Sharma and Justice Sudhir Agarwal also imposed costs on applicant Ramesh Chandra Tripathi who had expressed the apprehension that the judgement, which is to be delivered on September 24, could lead to violence and unrest.

We told the court that there is no chance of compromise. We have already filed our objections against Tripathis application. The court accepted our plea to dismiss Tripathis application with cost, said HS Jain, counsel for the Hindu Mahasabha.

Zafaryab Jilani, counsel for Sunni Central Wakf Board, said: It is settled practice that such applications are not entertained at a time when the judgement is reserved. He said he had filed an application stating that there was no chance of compromise.

Ranjana Agnihotri, counsel for Swami Swaroopanand who is a defendant in one suit, also urged the court to reject Tripathis application with cost. She said the court found Tripathis application non-maintainable in law. After hearing the counsels, the court rejected Tripathis application.

The proceedings took place amidst tight security arrangements in and around the court complex, and none except the counsel were allowed entry. Even media was not allowed inside. While Tripathi could not be reached for comment, his counsel Prashant Chandra said he would advise his client on the next course of action after studying the written order.

Tripathi, who is from Ambedkar Nagar district, had filed his application before the OSD to the special bench on September 13. Two more applications were filed with similar pleas, but the court took up only Tripathis application because he is a defendant in one of the suits.

Earlier in the day, Nirmohi Akharawhich is one of the parties to the disputefiled an application seeking time for ten days to arrive at a compromise. The application said that a retired judge of the Supreme Court or the high court could be appointed as mediator.

On Thursday, the Sunni Central Wakf Board and the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha had filed applications, opposing Tripathis request. Besides the Akhara, Gopal Singh Visharad, the Sunni Central Wakf Board and Ram Lalla Virajman are the main parties to the decades-old dispute.