New Delhi: The Supreme Court gave nod to the Ayodhya mediation committee on resuming talks with the Hindu and Muslim parties regarding the 70-year old Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute. Through this mediation, the court has opened doors for both the disputing parties to come for an amicable settlement.
It is however indicated that the ongoing hearings of the appeals before a Constitution Bench is likely to finish by October 18. As Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is scheduled to retire on November 17, the court will have a month to write the judgment for the title dispute, in case the hearings are completed by October 18.
If the mediation panel is successful in patching a settlement, it can move with the terms of the settlement anytime during the hearings but before the pronouncement of the verdict. As per the court, the mediation panel must be carried out confidentially and simultaneously along with the court proceedings.
Former Supreme Court judge FMI Kalifulla, spiritual guru Shri Shri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu were proposed by the mediators to resume the talks where it got abruptly dropped on July 29 due to resistance from certain blocks along the religious divide. The Constitution Bench further explained that the case was “not about the 1500 sq ft of disputed land, but about religious sentiments.”