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Allahabad HC to take up petition seeking Ayodhya verdict postponement

By Abdul Nisar

New Delhi, Sep 17 (ANI): The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court will take up a petition for postponing the Ayodhya verdict on Friday.

A three-judge special bench of the Lucknow court will take a final call on whether the judgment that has already been written, should be deferred.

The bench has received three petitions seeking postponement of the verdict, citing law and order problems and the impending Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni has asked disputing parties to respect the judgement in the case.

"The Ayodhya verdict should be respected by all. The issue cannot be resolved unless all parties accept the verdict," she said.

"The judgment is the outcome of a long judicial process. It should be treated with utmost respect. The judgment is one step ahead in the judicial process. In case any of parties feel further judicial consideration is required, further legal remedies are available. There should not be any attempt by people to provoke anyone. India is firmly on the path on inclusive growth. This is recognised by the world. We should not do anything to disrespect this," she added.

Earlier on May 20, former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and 20 other Bharatiya Janata Party and Sangh Pavivar leaders got a reprieve with the Allahabad High Court rejecting a plea to revive criminal cases against them in the case.

The Lucknow Bench of the court dismissed a plea of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to revive criminal cases against these accused. he High Court decision implies that trial in criminal cases related the demolition would now be held against 26 little-known Sangh Parivar workers.

In his judgment, Justice Alok Kumar Singh said nothing has been found against the correctness, legality, propriety or regularity in respect of any of the findings of the lower court.

The CBI had sought the court's intervention to revive criminal cases against Advani and others, against whom the trial court had dropped the charge of criminal conspiracy for the mosque's demolition on December 6, 1992 at Ayodhya.

Besides Advani, those who benefit from the High Court's order include senior leaders Murli Manohar Joshi and Vinay Katiyar, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharti, and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal.

The demolition of the 16th century mosque had triggered widespread communal riots across the country. (ANI)

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