Lucknow: "Here is a small piece of land where angels fear to tread." This is how Justice Sibghat Ullah Khan described the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute likening it to a 1,500-sq yard minefield which he and his brother judges had to clear.
"Here is a small piece of land (1,500 square yards) where angels fear to tread. It is full of innumerable landmines. We are required to clear it."
"Some very sane elements advised us not to attempt that.
Ayodhya: Judge refers 274 books, 798 judgements in 5,238 pages
We do not propose to rush in like fools lest we are blown.
However, we have to take risk. It is said that the greatest risk in life is not daring to take risk when the occasion for the same arises," he wrote in a prelude to his judgement.
The judgement that ran into 285 pages says that judges cannot decide whether they had succeeded or failed in their attempts.