Supreme Court asks Ayodhya mediation report in a week; hearing from July 25

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New Delhi | The Supreme Court on Thursday has asked the mediation committee to submit their report by July 18, and if it is possible to resolve the dispute of the Ayodhya-Ram Janmbhoomi case.

The panel was appointed by the Supreme Court to explore ways to resolve the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi land title dispute case through mediation.

The SC bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has asked the panel if they are unable to come up with a solution, the bench would hold day to day hearing commencing from July 25.

The formal orders for the same would be passed on July 18.

“We deem it proper to request Justice (Retd) F M I Kalifulla to inform us about the progress of mediation till date and the stage at which the said process is presently at,” the bench, also comprising justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, said.

“This report will be submitted by Justice Kalifulla latest by Thursday next, on which date further orders will be passed,” the bench said.

The court had expressed the view that the proceedings must be conducted with “utmost confidentiality” for its success.

“We have set up a mediation panel. We will have to wait for a report. Let the mediators submit their report”, the court said.

The mediation panel comprises former Supreme Court judge FMI Kalifulla, spiritual guru and founder of Art of Living Foundation Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, a renowned mediator.

The mediation panel was set up by the Supreme Court itself to discover ways to resolve the decades-old debate.

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.

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

(With PTI inputs)

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