Ayodhya dispute: Supreme Court reserves order on mediation

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New Delhi, March 6: The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its order on the issue of referring Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case to court appointed and monitored mediation for “permanent solution”.

A five-judge Constitution Bench Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandradhud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, said that “Parties to suggest name for mediator or panel for mediators. We intend to pass the order soon.”

During the hearing, Justice Bobde stated “It’s about sentiments, about religion and about faith. We are conscious of the gravity of the dispute. There need not be one mediator but a panel of mediators.”

“We have no control over what happened in the past, who invaded, who was the king, temple or mosque. We know about the present dispute. We are concerned only about resolving the dispute”.

He further said that “When the mediation is on, it should not be reported on. It may not be a gag, but no motive should be attributed to anyone when the mediation process is on.”

Meanwhile,Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who is appearing for group of Muslim petitioners in the case, told the apex court that “Muslim petitioners are agreeable to mediation&any compromise or settlement will bind parties”.

He asked the bench to frame terms for mediation.

On February 26, the bench had 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.

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