The deadlock in talks between the rival sides in the case involving the title suit in the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi case continued on Sunday, with both parties to the dispute rejecting calls for an out-of-court settlement.
A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia is to hear the plea for deferment of the verdict by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday.
The legal cell of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) is to meet in Delhi on Monday to review the situation in the wake of the apex court’s notices to all parties. But the board’s spokesman, Qasim Rasool Ilyas, told HT on Sunday, “There is no change in our decision. We will press for pronouncement of the verdict.”
Hindu Mahasabha counsel H.S. Jain reiterated that verdict should not be delayed.
Thus, in the light of sharp reactions among Muslim and Hindu groups associated with the case, it would be interesting to hear what arguments Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati provides in the bid to have the dispute settled out of court.
“The summoning of the attorney general in court is a major development in 60-year-old case,” a senior IAS officer monitoring the case told HT.
“Strangely, the entire property is under the central government’s control but it was never made a party to the case,” he said.
The Congress is on the back foot after welcoming the apex court’s decision to stay the verdict on the issue.