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SC sets new deadline for mediation in Babri Masjid land dispute case

The apex court also urged the mediators to continue the court-monitiored process confidentially till July 31

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:28 PM, ummid.com & Agencies

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the Ayodhya mediation panel to continue negotiations to develop a consensus between Hindu and Muslim parties on the temple dispute issue.

The apex court also urged the mediators to continue the court-monitiored process confidentially till July 31, as it would apparently enable the top court to pass further orders.

The report will be submitted in the apex court on August 1.

If required, the Supreme Court will tentatively fix the hearing of appeals on Ayodhya issue from August 2.

In an order passed on March 08, 2019 the Supreme Court had referred the decades-old politically sensitive case for mediation by a panel headed by former apex court judge F M I Kalifulla for exploring the possibility of an amicable settlement.

The other members of the Ayodhya dispute mediation panel included Hindu guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Senior Advocate Sriram Panchu.

On May 10 when the matter came for a hearing for the first time the formation of mediation panel, the Supreme Court had extended the process till August 15.

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”.

Babri Masjid, 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. They now want to build a "grand Ram mandir" on the site.

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.

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