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Will explore mediation even if slightest chance of success: SC on Ayodhya dispute

The apex court then gave eight weeks' time for verification of the translation of the documents and postponed the hearing

Tuesday February 26, 2019 7:55 PM, ummid.com News Network

SC Ayodhya Dispute

New Delhi: About two years after it called for consensus and out of court settlement, the Supreme Court of India Tuesday said it will explore mediation to end the Ayodhya disput even if there is a slightest chance of success.

The apex court batted for mediation to resolve the Ayodhya dispute saying it could only decide on property and what it was looking at was “a possibility of healing relationships”.

Senior Counsel Rajeev Dhavan appearing for the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said they were ready to give it another shot “in larger interest”. However, senior Counsel C S Vaidyanathan appearing for Ramlalla Virajman opposed this saying mediation had already been tried earlier but had not worked.

“You seriously think the entire dispute for so many years is only about property? It’s not a dispute over a private property. It has become so contentious. Therefore we are considering a possibility of healing relations even if there’s one per cent chance of success”, observed Justice S A Bobde who was part of the five-Judge Constitution bench that took up appeals against the September 30, 2010 verdict of the Allahabad High Court.

The apex court then gave eight weeks' time for verification of the translation of the documents and postponed the hearing.

Terming the dispute a matter relating to religion which is "sensitive" and "sentimental", the Supreme Court of India had in March 2017 said fresh attempts must be made by all parties concerned to find a solution through negotiations.

The Supreme Court also offered to mediate to arrive at an amicable settlement.

"These are issues of religion and sentiments. These are issues where all the parties can sit together and arrive at a consensual decision to end the dispute. All of you may sit together and hold a cordial meeting," the bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar and comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul said.

The negotiations however did not take off as both sides involved said they want the court to take a call.

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