Resolve Ayodhya dispute or accept court verdict: Pranab

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said the parties involved in the Ayodhya title suits should either resolve the matter among themselves or accept the court verdict.

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2010, 16:00 PM IST

Sagardighi (West Bengal): Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said the parties involved in the Ayodhya title suits should either resolve the matter among themselves or accept the court verdict.

"We are waiting for the court verdict. There are two solutions to this issue that both the Congress and the government would accept," he said on the sidelines of an event in Sagardighi in Murshidabad district.

"If those who have filed cases against each other sit and come to a settlement, we will accept it. Otherwise, whatever be the court verdict, is also acceptable."

The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear a plea to defer the Allahabad High Court`s verdict in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case contested by Hindu and Muslim groups.

Meanwhile, after petitioner Ramesh Chandra Tripathi, who had sought deferment of the Ayodhya verdict, another key party in the matter Nirmohi Akhara plans to move the Supreme Court seeking postponement of the judgment for three months to facilitate an out-of-court amicable settlement.

This was disclosed by Nirmohi Akhara counsel Ranjit Lal Verma just before leaving for Delhi to move an application in the apex court.

He is also seeking the apex court`s intervention for granting extension to a judge of the Allahabad High Court, Dharam Veer Sharma, who is scheduled to retire at the end of this month.

Justice Sharma is one of the three judges on the High Court bench which is due to deliver its judgment on the Ayodhya dispute. The court had reserved its verdict July 27 and announced it would pronounce it on September 24.

The apex court later imposed an interim stay on the pronouncement of the judgment till September 28.

IANS