Ayodhya land dispute case: SC asks mediation panel to submit report by July 18


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the mediation panel to submit a status report in the Ayodhya land dispute case by July 18.

The apex court has fixed July 25 as the next date for the hearing.

An application for early hearing was filed by Rajendra Singh, son of the original plaintiffs Gopal Singh Visharad.

He alleged that no progress has been made in the mediation ordered by the apex court to settle the issue.

"We will have to wait for a report. Let the mediators submit a report on this," the bench said.

On March 8, the top court had constituted a three-member committee headed by former apex court judge F M I Kalifulla for exploring the possibility of an amicable settlement to the land dispute case.

Spiritual guru and founder of Art of Living Foundation Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, a renowned mediator, are the other two members of the panel of mediators.

On May 10, the court had given time till August 15 to the panel to find a solution to the dispute.

The bench was hearing appeals against the September 30, 2010 verdict of Allahabad High Court order.

The Allahabad HC in its 2010 verdict had suggested a division of the disputed 2.77 acres of the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid land in Ayodhya-one for each of the parties the Nirmohi Akhara, the Sunni Waqf Board and Ram Lalla.

The Babri Masjid, built by Mughal emperor Babur in 1578 in Ayodhya and it was destroyed by a group of Hindu activists on December 6, 1992, demanding that the mosque was constructed after demolishing a Ram Temple. Since then, several hearings have been held in the Supreme Court to resolve the issue.

A group of Hindu activist claimed that it was a birthplace of ‘Rama’ (Hindu God in ancient history) and the Mughal emperors destroyed the remains of structure to build the mosque, however, the Muslims denied it.


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