Ayodhya verdict: SC lifts stay, HC verdict soon

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Three-judge Supreme Court Bench
New Delhi, Sep 28: Rejecting the petition filed by retired bureaucrat Ramesh Chand Tripathi, the Supreme Court on Tuesday, Sep 28 lifted the stay on the Ayodhya title suit verdict.

This means that the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court can go ahead and deliver its verdict. The judgment can be expected either on Wednesday, Sep 29 or on Thursday, Sep 30 as the High Court would want to deliver the verdict before Oct 1, when Justice Dharam Veer Sharma, one of the judges on the Lucknow bench, would retire.

Three-judge special bench headed by Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia and comprising of Justices Aftab Alam and KS Radhakrishnan, heard arguments from all involved parties on the petition seeking deferment of the Ayodhya verdict.

Speaking for the petitioner, Mukul Rohat had sought a postponement of at least three months. The plea also beseeched the parties to resolve the 60-year-long Ram Temple and Babri Masjid dispute.

Speaking for the government, Attorney General Harish Salve told the apex court that the uncertainty over the matter should end soon and that government did not wish to leave the issue suspended.

The supreme court had on Sep 23 stayed the Sep 24 HC verdict on deferment plea filed by Tripathi, who sought postponement citing that the state and the central governments were not  ready to deal with the possible law and order ramifications of the verdict due to Commonwealth Games 2010 and Uttar Pradesh floods.

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