The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court rejected an application on Friday for deferring the verdict on the 60-year-old title suit in the Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.
The court will pronounce the verdict on September 24, as scheduled. A three-judge special bench, comprising Justice S.U. Khan, Justice D.V. Sharma and Justice Sudhir Agarwal, said there was no merit in the application by Ramesh Chandra Tripathi.
What’s more, the bench would later decide on a heavy fine for filing an application that “lacks bona fide and is a clear attempt to divert, deviate and also to create obstruction in the final disposal of the matter.”
Of the three judges, Justices Khan and Agarwal issued Friday’s order, while Justice Sharma said he would issue a separate order later although the basic nature of his order would be the same.
The court is addressing three issues while taking a call on the title suit. The first issue is whether there was a temple at the disputed site prior to 1538, when Mughal emperor Babar had built the mosque.
Second, the court will determine whether the suit filed by the Sunni Waqf Board in 1961 is barred by limitation as it was filed 11 years after the first suit in 1950 that sought an injunction for permitting the worship of Lord Rama at the site.
The third issue that the court will look at is whether Muslims perfected their title through adverse possession. When the title to a property – land and structures built on it – is acquired without paying compensation, simply by holding the property for a specified period, it is called adverse possession.