The Communist Party of India has disagreed with the move of Chief Justice of India J S Khekar to put the ball back into the court of the disputed parties by calling for an amicable out-of-court settlement of the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid issue. In fact, the dispute was about the title deed of the disputed site.
In a press release here on Wednesday, CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy stated that the apex court, instead of deciding on the legal ownership of the disputed site has revived the repeatedly failed attempts for an out-of- court settlement. In 1990, then Prime Minister Chandrasekhar first tried the method of negotiations. Since then many more attempts were made officially and unofficially; but all failed. “Again such a proposal from the Apex Court was surprising. Instead, the court must come out with a firm verdict on the issue of the title of the deed”, he felt. The CPI strongly felt the only way to settle the issue was to give a just verdict over the dispute which will be binding on all parties to the dispute. (NSS)