The suspense continues over whether the Allahabad High Court would deliver its verdict on the Ayodhya title suits after the Supreme Court on Wednesday deferred hearing of the plea to postpone the long-awaited decision, scheduled for September 24.
A bench headed by Justice Altamas Kabir refused to hear Ramesh Chand Tripathi’s appeal on the ground that it didn’t have the “determination” to hear the matter.
At the request of Tripathi's counsel, the bench simply directed the court registry to list the matter before an appropriate bench. It, however, did not specify the date when the matter would be heard.
The petitioner’s last-ditch efforts to get the verdict postponed to enable the parties to reach an amicable solution survive as the SC might hear his appeal on Thursday at 2 pm. However, if the appeal doesn't get listed it could come up for hearing on Friday afternoon, hours before the HC pronounces its verdict at 3.30 pm.
Justice Kabir's bench curiously refused to hear the matter saying it arises from a civil suit even as it had agreed to hear the appeal at 2 pm after Tripathi's counsel mentioned it before the court at 10:30 in the morning. The petitioner’s advocate had informed the bench that his petition required urgent consideration.
But, when senior advocate Mukul Rohatagi appeared in the afternoon, Justice Kabir said: “Since I don’t have the determination, it will go to the bench which has the determination.” As Rohatagi pleaded the case to be listed on Thursday, the bench added, “I can't direct it for listing,” it told Rohatagi who argued that the petition would become infructuous as the HC would pronounce the judgment on Friday.