New Delhi, Sep 18 : The five-judge Constitution bench hearing the Ayodhya title dispute case on Wednesday said it hopes to complete the hearing in the matter by October 18.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi also said that petitioners in the case are free to resort to mediation through the apex court appointed panel, but the day-to-day hearing in the case would continue.
The five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, also said, “simultaneously the mediation process can go along with the hearing, which is going on in SC, and if an amicable settlement is reached through by it, the same can be filed before the SC”
The mediation proceedings will remain confidential, the bench said.
“Let is all make a joint effort to finish the arguments by October 18”, CJI Gogoi told the petitioners adding if necessary, court may even hear it for an extra hour or on Saturdays.
On Monday, the apex court-appointed mediators submitted a memorandum to the CJI-led bench, seeking directions on the letters they received from the chairman of the Sunni Waqf Board and Nirvani Akhara calling for resumption of the mediation process.