New Delhi, March 21: In an unusual move, the Supreme Court on Tuesday advised the parties involved in the Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir dispute case to settle the matter outside the court. The Chief Justice of India, JS Khehar himself offered to play interlocutor to resolve the 25-year-old case in a peaceful manner.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy welcomed the decision, saying that the decision should be arrived at by mutual discussion. However, he said that the Muslim side may not agree to this arrangement as they wanted a legal stamp before coming to the negotiation table.
The court has asked Swamy to mention matter on or before March 31.
It is just a suggestion by the apex court and won’t be binding. The CJI went to the extent of volunteering to be a mediator.
In February, the court had agreed to the plea of Subramanian Swamy to intervene in the pending appeals in the Ayodhya Temple suits.
Meanwhile, Syed Qasim Ilyas of the Babri Panel said that the offer was not acceptable and that the matter needs to be decided upon by the judiciary. (Also read: Bihar-like grand alliance needed to counter BJP: Opposition leaders after poll rout)
Talking to CNN News18, he said that the time for negotiation was over. He said that the two sides had sat together several times, but nothing came out, hence no further negotiation would happen.
Meanwhile, VHP leader Vinay Katiyar has welcomed the decision. He said since the BJP is in power in the state and at the Centre, the issue should be resolved soon.
In 2010, the Allahabad high court had given a judgment on the Ayodhya title suit, ruling that Hindus and Muslims were joint title holders and that both the sides must get something. The court had ruled that the disputed site be divided into three parts and given to the three parties– Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and ‘Ram Lalla’.