Govt should not get into Ayodhya dispute: Sibal

The government should not step into the Ayodhya issue as it was a "private dispute" which should be left to the parties concerned to resolve, Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has said.

Last Updated: Oct 06, 2010, 13:32 PM IST

New Delhi: The government should not step into
the Ayodhya issue as it was a "private dispute" which should
be left to the parties concerned to resolve, Union HRD
Minister Kapil Sibal has said.

Reconciliation must be left to the parties concerned.
The fact of the matter is that compromise and reconciliation
is the way forward, he said.

"Government has no role to play in this. It can state
publicly that the matter be resolved by the parties concerned.
But I don`t think we can force the government in such a
complex situation. Why should government get involved in a
private dispute," Sibal, an eminent lawyer, said.

He said in an interview to a news channel that there are
complex issues such as the issue of possession, who is in
possession of the site.

"What is the concept of possession in the 17th century,
16th century India when it all happened. What are prescribed
right under law to establish ownership, do those rights apply
to 16th century India. What is the concept of ownership in the
context of a place of worship. These are fundamental issue
which the Supreme Court has to go into...I hope so."

Sibal was replying to a question whether government must
step in.

The minister`s comments come in the backdrop of the
Congress Working Committee yesterday saying that the party
respects the Allahabad High Court judgement and would welcome
efforts by parties concerned with the dispute to find an
amicable and peaceful settlement.

Sibal said that the issues are highly complex and the
Supreme Court will be very careful and meticulous in analysing
the judgement and coming to a conclusion consistent with the
Constitution.

The apex court could take long time to deliver its
verdict, Sibal felt.

PTI