SC grants Ayodhya mediation panel time till 15 August to complete procedure

New Delhi | The Supreme Court today granted the Mediation panel in the Ayodhya-BabriMasjid dispute time till August 15 to complete their mediation process.

The top court today took up at matter for the first time today since its March 8 order which had referred the case for mediation to a panel headed by former apex court judge F M Kalifulla.

Chairperson of the panel FM Kalifulla had sought time till Aug 15 to complete the mediation process. Allowing the same, CJI Gogoi said, “Report of the process was received from Mediation committee, an extension of time sought which we are inclined to grant.” He further added that the top court won’t disclose progress made by the committee at this stage, let it remain confidential.

A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court was hearing the matter. The five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi included Justices SA Bobde, SA Nazeer, Ashok Bhushan and DY Chandrachud.

The top court had directed that the mediation proceedings be held in-camera as per the norms applicable to conduct the mediation proceedings.

On December 6, 1992, the Babri Masjid, constructed at the disputed site in the 16th century by Shia Muslim Mir Baqi, was demolished.

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