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Updated: September 15, 2010 12:08 IST

Babri: court seeking possibility of amicable solution

Atiq Khan
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Green and saffron flags flutter side by side as a show of communal amity outside a temple in Madurai. The Special Bench of the Allahabad High Court has taken an initiative to find an amicable solution to the Ayodhya dispute.
File photo: K. Ganesan
The Hindu Green and saffron flags flutter side by side as a show of communal amity outside a temple in Madurai. The Special Bench of the Allahabad High Court has taken an initiative to find an amicable solution to the Ayodhya dispute. File photo: K. Ganesan

Counsel of the parties in the Babri title suit have been asked by the Special Bench of the Allahabad High Court at its Bench of Judicature here to be present in the court at 2.30 p.m. on September 17 to inquire whether there was a possibility of an amicable solution to the dispute.

The verdict in the Babri title suit is to be pronounced on September 24.

The Special Bench took the initiative to find an amicable solution to the Ayodhya dispute on July 27, after it concluded the hearing in the case and reserved its judgement on July 26.

Counsel for the Sunni Waqf Board Zafaryab Jilani said he was informed telephonically on Tuesday about the Bench's decision.

Reconciliation plea

In three applications filed with the Special Bench on Monday, a plea was made to settle the issue through reconciliation. Various reasons were cited by the applicants in support of their pleas. One application was filed on behalf of Ramesh Chandra Tripathi, a defendant in the title suit.

In his plea, Mr. Tripathi submitted that the court direct the parties concerned to “resolve the issue among themselves across the table in the larger interest to prevent imminent public unrest that may erupt following the verdict.”

The application was filed under Section 89 of the Civil Procedure Code (CPC), which provides that such applications could be filed by any of the parties concerned.

Two other applications were filed by Sunder Lal Jain and Sudesh Kumar Sharma in public interest. These are applicable under Section 151 of the CPC.

Mr. Jain submitted that the Commonwealth Games were to be inaugurated on October 3 and a heavy inflow of sportspersons and foreign nationals was expected. The application stated that any law and order problem would cause embarrassment to the country.


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