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Babri Masjid Case: Mediation deadline ends, Supreme Court to hear matter Friday

The apex court batted for mediation to resolve the Ayodhya dispute saying it could only decide on property

Friday May 10, 2019 0:01 AM, News Network

SC Hearing Ayodhya Dispute

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India will hear on Friday the issues relating to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. The SC hearing comes after the eight-week deadline for the talks ended on May 3.

A notice in this regard was put up on the apex court website which said that the matter will be heard by a five-judge Constitution bench comprising Chief justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, according to PTI.

The matter will come for the first time on Friday since March 8 order when the apex 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.

"The process should be done with “utmost confidentiality,” and should be concluded in eight weeks. The first status report is to be submitted in four weeks", the five-judge bench headed by CJI Gogoi said.

The Supreme Court of India had on February 26 said that 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”.

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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