Union Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said contesting parties in the Ayodhya title suit have to resolve the issue through discussions or accept the court verdict.

“The two contesting parties who filed the Ayodhya title suit have to resolve the matter among themselves through discussions. If it was not possible, then the court verdict has to be accepted,” Mr. Mukherjee told reporters on the sidelines of a function here when asked about the Centre’s stand on the 60-year-old dispute.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice S.H. 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.

The apex court had on Thursday, stayed for a week the High Court verdict following a petition by a retired bureaucrat Ramesh Chand Tripathi seeking its deferment to explore the possibility of an out-of-court settlement.

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