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Ayodhya verdict deferment plea to reach SC on Tuesday

By Sharat Pradhan
September 20, 2010 22:40 IST
The Supreme Court will now take the final call on the question of postponing the long awaited verdict beyond its scheduled date of September 24.

Seventy-three year old Ramesh Chandra Tripathi, who was one of the parties to the 59–year old court battle, is all set to move the apex court on Tuesday against Friday's order by the two judges of the three-judge special bench of  Allahabad High Court.

Two of the three judges turned down his plea for deferment of the final verdict at least until the end of the Commonwealth Games as for utilizing the intervening period to explore fresh possibilities for an out of court amicable settlement, while one judge upheld the plea.

"Even as one of the three judges has conceded my request , since the majority order is against my plea, I am going to  file a Special Leave Petition before the Supreme Court on Tuesday", Tripathi said on Monday.

He said, "Senior advocate Prashant Chandra would petition the court on Wednesday morning  and I am quite hopeful that the highest court will not ignore the seriousness of the issues raised by me."

Meanwhile,  it is learnt that one of India's  top lawyers was likely to  be engaged to plead Tripathi's  case before the apex court.
Sharat Pradhan in Lucknow