Plaintiffs` lawyers happy with SC order

Lawyers representing plaintiffs in the Ayodhya title suit welcome the SC`s dismissal of a plea for deferment of verdict.

New Delhi: Lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the Ayodhya title suit on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court`s dismissal of a plea for deferment of the verdict even as the counsel for the petitioner said the apex court could have indicated reasons for the order.

"It is assuring indeed. The country wants the judgement to be delivered. We need to trust the innate maturity of the people of the country. I have said earlier that there was some
motivation behind the filing of this application. The argument of consequences of a judgement is dangerous," Ravi Shankar Prasad, counsel for Hindu Mahasabha, said after the SC order.

"So many Prime Ministers, Shankaracharyas and even former President R Venkataraman tried and failed...then suddenly a gentleman Mr Tripathi comes...that was a little strange," he said.

Zafaryab Jilani, counsel for the Sunni Wakf Board said, "It is not in our favour only but in favour of all the contestant parties. Mukul Rohatgi, representing the petitioner, retired
bureaucrat Ramesh Chandra Tripathi, said "what are the reasons (for the dismissal) are not indicated in the order and neither will be known in the future".

He further said that the Centre`s stand did not make any sense. "They are only saying we want an amicable resolution but will not do anything. It is neither rational nor logical". "The Centre took no stand," he said.

Ranjana Agnihotri, counsel for one of the plaintiffs in the title suit, Jagatguru Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati, said, "now we will wait for the judgement". Former Solicitor General of India Harish Salve said, "it was an unprecedented application. The government stood up and said that it had no problem in delivering the judgement".

"I am sure India are mature enough. I am deeply satisfied," he said. Paving the way for the Allahabad High Court to deliver its judgement in the 60-year-old Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit, the Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the plea for deferment of the verdict.

Senior lawyer Pinki Anand said "doors for a reconciliation was not closed" though Allahabad High Court is set to deliver the verdict on the title suit.

PTI

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