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Hindu lawyers oppose amicable settlement in Babri Mosque demolition case

By Nairita Das

Lucknow, Sep. 17 (ANI): Hindu lawyers of Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow city on Friday opposed the idea of an out of court settlement on the verdict of the disputed 1992 Babri Mosque demolition case.

"This issue is related to the faith of Hindus. Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Rama. We will not even compromise on a single inch of land. We will go find a solution through the system of law," said Hari Shankar Jain, a lawyer of the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha

"We will not leave a single inch of land. And if we talk about settlement it will be betrayal," he added.

It has been reported that three lawyers each from the Hindu and Muslim sides rejected the proposal from the Allahabad High Court.

"The Hindus have been demanding a solution. The process of law should not be hampered. The decision should come out and the 500 years of slavery, the symbol of slavery in Faizabad-Ayodhya should be settled and Hindus get justice," said Jain.

Earlier today, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court rejected an application for deferment of the Ayodhya verdict scheduled to be announced on September 24.

Even as the administrative machinery is geared up to combat any possible violence after a court verdict on the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid issue, a petition was filed to delay the judgement before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court.The verdict on the 60- year-old Ayodhya title suits to determine who the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid land belongs to? And was the Masjid built over a temple?

The court considered a plea that the verdict be deferred on the grounds that it would result in a breakdown of law and order. If the court had granted it, the verdict could have been delayed by six months.

On Thursday, 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.

Those who benefit from the High Court's order besides Advani 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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