New Delhi, Feb 26: The Supreme Court on Tuesday fixed March 5, 2019, to decide on whether the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case be reffered to the court-monitored mediation.
The bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandradhud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, also granted six weeks time to the parties to finalise the translations and other documents required.
During the hearing, the five-judge constitutional bench suggested mediation of the issue in the course of the hearing of a batch of cross petitions challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict to divide the disputed land site in three parts, giving one each to the Nirmohi Akhada, Ram Lalla and the original Muslim litigants.
The apex court observed that”it’s not a dispute over private property. It has become so contentious. We’re seriously giving a chance for mediation.”
“Even if there is only 1% chance, it should explored”, said Justice Bobde on mediation.