New Delhi: Urging all concerned with the Ayodhya dispute to maintain peace after the Allahabad HC delivers verdict, Union Home Minister Chidambaram said the decision would only be a part of the judicial process and not the end of it.
In a statement two days ahead of the Allahabad
High Court judgment, he asked states to take adequate
measures to maintain law and order, especially in sensitive
"The judgements would have to be read carefully, and the
findings of the Hon`ble judges on each of the issues in the
four suits would have to be analysed meticulously, before any
conclusions may be drawn,” Chidambaram told reporters.
He said it would be too hasty to declare one side as the winner and the other as a loser.
Chidambaram said it would be reasonable to assume that
one or both sides would immediately apply to the special Bench
for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court.
"I would, therefore, appeal to all the parties to the
suits as well as the general public and the media to reserve
their opinions on the judgement or judgements of the Special
Bench and not make any hasty pronouncements," he said while
reading out the statement to reporters.
Chidambaram also added that it is possible that there will be one or more
judgements delivered by the three-judge special bench.
He also asked people to understand that the verdict was a “culmination of the legal process”.
The Home Minister said there are four title suits and
there are a number of `issues` in each suit. "It is pertinent
to note that the issues were framed by the trial court, recast
by the High Court, additional issues were framed by the High
Court and, in one case, issues were recast after certain
orders of the Supreme Court.
"The issues involve complicated questions of fact and
law. Among the questions of fact that are being canvassed are
questions relating to possession, dispossession, worship etc.
Among the questions of law that are being canvassed are
questions relating to maintainability of the suits, adverse
possession, prescription, estoppal, limitation, res judicata,
the interpretation of UP Muslim Wakfs Act, 1936 etc," he said.
The Home Minister said the Government is pleased to note
that many organisations, including organisations connected
with the parties to the suits, have appealed to the people to
maintain peace and calm in the wake of the judgement.
"Apart from making an appeal for peace, it is the duty
of all organisations concerned to actively work to maintain
the peace. In particular, all organisations must urge their
members not to spread rumours or make provocative statements,"
The Home Minister said the state governments have been
advised to take adequate measures to maintain law and order,
especially in sensitive areas and the Central government has
also taken a number of measures to assist the state
"No one needs to have any apprehension, and if every one
realises his or her obligations to society, we can, working
together, ensure that there is peace, order and harmony," he
A three-judge special bench of the Allahabad High Court is scheduled to pronounce the verdict in the Babri Masjid/Ramjanmabhoomi dispute September 24.