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No speculation on Ayodhya verdict: HC to media

By Sharat Pradhan
September 28, 2010 20:05 IST
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The Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court on Tuesday firmly told the media on Tuesday to shun from making any kind of speculation with respect to the much-awaited Ayodhya verdict finally slated for September 30.

In an 11-point guideline issued by the high court registrar on Tuesday evening, media has been advised not to speculate about the court order until a copy of the issues answered by the court has been made available to them, along with a copy of the operative part of the order.

Entry to the court room in which the judgment is to be pronounced would be restricted only to the parties and their respective counsels against special entry passes. Even court staff not directly connected with the Ayodhya case will not be allowed to step inside the court room, the order points out.

As for the media, the district administration has been asked to make special arrangements for dissemination of the court order to the media in the district collectorate premises, just across the road.

A special website has been specially created to ensure prompt availability of the gist of issues, the operative part as well as the overall order in the case.

The court has also banned cell-phones inside that court-room and lawyers have been advised to deposit their cell-phones outside, before entering the court room, says the guideline.

The registrar has advised lawyers who do not have listed cases on that date to avoid coming to the court. In any case, the general entry to the court premises would be allowed only against passes issued by the Oudh Bar Association.

In the larger interest of security and safety of the litigants, they have been advised to keep away from the court premises on September 30. All parking, except that for the judges, has been banned inside the court premises.

Separate arrangements for parking were being made for vehicles belonging to the court staff and lawyers.

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Sharat Pradhan in Lucknow