SC defers plea on Ayodhya verdict

  • PTI, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Sep 22, 2010 18:13 IST

The Supreme Court today deferred hearing a plea to postpone the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ayodhya title suit dispute due to be pronounced on Friday after a bench said it did not have the "determination" to take up the matter.

The bench while refusing to hear the petition filed by retired bureacrat Ramesh Chand Tripathi earlier in the day did not specify the date when the matter will be taken up again but directed the Court Registry to list it before another Bench in the routine course.

As all eyes were on the apex Court with just two days left for the keenly awaited verdict, Justices Altmas Kabir and A K Patnaik said the petition will be taken up by another Bench as it did not have the "determination" to take up the matter.

"We do not have determination to take up the matter which has arisen from a civil suit," the Bench said.

"Since I don't have the determination, it will go to the Bench which has the determination," Justice Kabir, who was heading the bench said.

Tripathi approached the Apex court five days after a three-judge Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court rejected his petition for deferring the verdict and to allow mediation to find a solution to the 60-year-old Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit dispute.

The bench decided this morning to to take up the petition at 2 PM after Tripathi's counsel said it required urgent consideration.


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