Indian Supreme Court defers Ayodhya ruling

India’s Supreme Court deferred on Thursday a high court ruling on a bitter religious dispute responsible for some of the bloodiest sectarian violence since independence, a court official said.

Ramesh Chandra Tripathi, a retired bureaucrat, had filed a petition in the Supreme Court asking it to postpone the ruling on an ownership fight over a religious site in the northern town of Ayodhya.

“The Supreme Court has deferred the Ayodhya verdict. The order states that the high court in Allahabad cannot pass the judgement tomorrow,” said an official in the registrar office the Supreme Court.

The next hearing on the petition will be on September 28.

The Allahabad High Court had been scheduled to decide Friday on who owns the Ayodhya site, where a mosque was torn down by Hindu zealots in 1992.