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SC postpones hearing on Ayodhya verdict deferment plea

The Supreme Court postponed the hearing on a plea seeking deferment of the Allahabad HC verdict on the controversial Ayodhya site dispute.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday postponed the hearing on a plea seeking deferment of the Allahabad High Court verdict on the controversial Ayodhya site dispute.

Taking up the application filed by Ramesh Chand Tripathi, Justices Altmas Kabir and A K Patanik told the petitioner theirs was not the appropriate Bench to hear the matter.

The justices asked Tripathi to instead approach an appropriate Bench which had the authority to deal with such matters. The justices however did not clarify as to which Bench could hear the plea.

Reports however said the plea could again come up for hearing before an appropriate Bench tomorrow, as the Allahabad HC verdict in the dispute is due on Friday.

A three-judge bench of the Allahabad HC had on September 17 rejected Tripathi`s petition and imposed "exemplary costs" of Rs 50,000 terming his effort for an out-of-court settlement of the dispute as a "mischievous attempt".

The application filed in the SC, which sought some time to allow mediation, also challenged the cost of Rs 50,000 imposed on Tripathi.

A member of the three-judge bench of the High Court, however, had not concurred with the recent view of the other two judges and later gave a dissenting opinion that an amicable settlement could have been explored in the matter.

Tripathi had moved the bench for deferment of the verdict in view of reports in media that the pronouncement might disturb communal harmony and lead to violence.

He had referred to an earlier order of the Court on July 27 that parties concerned are at liberty to approach the Officer on Special Duty for formation of the bench if there was any possibility of disposal of the dispute or arrival at an understanding through consensus.

The court had, however, rejected the application terming it as "mischievous" and "an attempt to obstruct the verdict".

(With PTI inputs)

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