Indian court delays verdict on holy site dispute

September 23, 2010 12:12


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NEW DELHI— A top Indian lawyer says the Supreme Court has agreed to delay a verdict in a religious dispute that has shaken the core of modern India and led to repeated outbreaks of Hindu-Muslim violence.

A separate Indian court had been scheduled to rule Friday on whether a holy site in Ayodhya should be given to the Hindu community to build a temple to the god Rama or should be returned to the Muslim community so it can rebuild the 16th-century Babri Mosque.

Mukul Rohatgi, a lawyer who asked the court to defer the verdict, said Thursday the bench had agreed to delay it and hold a new hearing next week on whether it should be put off further.

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