Ayodhya mediation panel fails; daily hearing from Aug 6: Supreme Court

New Delhi | The Ayodhya mediation panel announced that it had failed to come to an agreement following which the Supreme Court has decided that it will conduct day-to-day hearing from August 6.

“Mediation didn’t result in any kind of settlement,” said Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in a six-minute hearing.

Supreme Court had appointed a three-member panel for Ayodhya to consult all the parties and groups and come up with one unified solution. The panel comprised of former Supreme Court judge FMI Kalifulla, spiritual guru and founder of Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu.

The panel’s report came after four and a half months of negotiations between Hindu and Muslim litigants to explore all possibilities and compromises.

A decision on the case has to come before November 17, when the Chief Justice retires.

A five-judge panel headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had ordered the panel to submit its Ayodhya report by July 25. The panel had been granted time till August 15 but the court, acting on the request of one of the litigants, said it would decide whether mediation should continue.

Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

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