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Ayodhya Dispute: Mediation fails, daily hearing in SC from August 06

The mediation has not resulted in a final settlement of the dispute, Supreme Court said

Friday August 2, 2019 3:43 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Ayodhya Mediation

[The panel comprising former Supreme Court judge FM Kalifulla, Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu started consultations in March to explore an amicable settlement. (Photo: IANS/Twitter)]

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered day-to-day hearing on the Ayodhya dispute from August 6 as a committee appointed to mediate the vexed issue failed to reach any conclusion.

In a packed courtroom, a Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said: "The mediation has not resulted in a final settlement of the dispute. Therefore, the court will start the day-to-day hearing from August 6."

Reports said that the three-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court to consult with various groups and discuss a solution to the dispute "did its best to arrive at a consensus", but "some parties" did not agree to the mediation.

The panel comprising former Supreme Court judge FM Kalifulla, Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu started consultations in March to explore an amicable settlement.

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Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who represents a Muslim litigant, said his client opposed BJP MP Subramanian Swamy's writ petition emphasizing speeding up the trial.

Dhavan sought a firm reply from the judges on the fate of this writ. The court replied: "We will see to it."

Dhavan said he would probably require 20 days to complete the arguments on the matter and appealed to the court that the length of his argument should not be cut. The court replied: "We will see to it."

The Constitution bench refused to defer hearing, saying it would deal with Dhavan's objections during the hearing.

The historic mosque believed to be built by Mir Baqi, one of the commanders of Mughal Emperor Babur, was thrown into a controversy as a result of India's communal politics. It was at last demolished in broad daylight on December 06, 1992 by Hindu extremists in the presence of top RSS, BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal and other right wing groups' top leadership.

Following a lenghty judicial battle, the Allahabad High Court had in a verdict pronounced in 2010 equally divided the 2.77 acres of land between Ram Lalla, Sunni Wakf Board and Nirmohi Akhara. Hindus and Muslims however have both challenged the HC verdict in the Supreme Court hearing of which will start from today.

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