Ayodhya case: Contesting parties see no hope of settlement

Lawyers representing parties to the Ayodhya title suit case today did not see any hope of reconciliation in the 60-year-old dispute and are rooting for the verdict to be given quickly by the Allahabad High Court.

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2010, 21:49 PM IST

New Delhi: Lawyers representing parties to
the Ayodhya title suit case today did not see any hope of
reconciliation in the 60-year-old dispute and are rooting for
the verdict to be given quickly by the Allahabad High Court.

The response by the lawyers came after Justice H L
Gokhale, who was in the Supreme Court Bench that deferred the
verdict by one week, nudged rival sides to give settlement a
chance.

"If there is one per cent chance, you have to give it
(for settlement)," Justice Gokhale said.

But the lawyers were unimpressed with one of them
slamming as a "sleeping defendant" petitioner Ramesh Chand
Tripathi, a retired bureaucrat, on whose plea one week interim
stay was granted by the Apex court.

The main contestants to the dispute--Sunni Central Waqf
Board, Ram Janmbhoomi Trust--and others felt that the interim
stay has come in the way of judicial pronouncement which was
actually due tomorrow.

The Waqf Board was of the view that there is no chance
of reconciliation while the Trust was upset with the apex
court`s order.

Fingers were also pointed at Tripathi with the lawyers
saying he was a non-serious party in the case.

However, upbeat with the interim order, Prashant
Chandra, the counsel representing Tripathi in the High Court,
said the decision would help in mediation and settlement of
the dispute.

Differing with Tripathi, counsel for Sunni Central Waqf
Board Zafaryab Gilani, said, "I don`t think that there is any
chance of reconciliation. We have been trying it for 19 years.
Three Prime Minister have been trying it.

Something which was not done in 19 years is not possible
in nine days. Specially when the other side is also saying
that there is no question of settlement."

Lawyer of Ramjanmbhoomi Trust Ranjana Agnihotri said she
was personally "hurt" with the Supreme Court`s order.

"All lawyers involved in the dispute have worked with full
dedication for the decision. All parties are now interested to
hear the judgement. The general populace is now feeling
dejected with the Supreme Court`s order," she said.

Gilani doubted the intention of Central government and
credibility of the petitioner in the entire matter.

"I doubt the bona fide of the central government. How far
it is interested in pronouncement of verdict it is to be
probed," he said.

Gilani termed Tripathi as "insignificant" person, saying
"who is behind him is to be probed."

"I don`t find any possibility of reconciliation in seven
days. Let`s hope judgement is pronounced and the Supreme Court
vacates the stay order," he said.

Convenor, Committee on Babri Masjid S Q R Illyas said
that no plan or scheme has been put before the court as far as
negotiation or settlement is concerned.

Illyas said no party was interested in any sort of
out of court settlement.

PTI