Don`t speculate till you get Ayodhya order copy: Court to media

Media, both print & electronic, would be kept away from HC compound on verdict day.

Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 00:36 AM IST

Lucknow: The Lucknow bench of Allahabad
High Court, set to pronounce the judgement in the Ayodhya
title suit, has asked the media not to speculate about the
verdict till it has the copy of the operational part of the
order on September 24.

Media, both print and electronic, would be kept away from
the High Court compound on that day and photocopies of the
judgement would be made available at district collectorate,
District Magistrate Anil Kumar Sagar told PTI.

As per a statement issued by the registrar of the Lucknow
bench, a request has been made to the media not to speculate
about the judgement until they have a copy of the issues
answered by the court and the operational part of the order.

Outlining a list of measures to prevent any untoward
incident within and outside the court premises in Lucknow, the
release said that special arrangements will be made in the
collectorate compound by the district administration for the
media covering the verdict. A special website would be made
available on which the gist of the issues and operational part
of the order and final judgement will be made available.

Lawyers who have no listed matters on that date would be
requested not to come to the court and only those whose cases
are listed will be allowed after collecting passes besides
requesting the litigants to avoid coming to the court.

Entry in the court room where the judgement is pronounced
would be restricted only to parties and their lawyers who will
be given special passes on that date.

Mobile phones would not be allowed in the court room
where no staff members except those directly connected with
the court proceedings would be allowed entry.

On the directions of the High Court, the district
administration is making arrangements for briefing the media
on the verdict in the collectorate compound, Sagar said.

This step has been taken in order to avoid unnecessary
crowding in the court compound on the day.

-PTI