New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday granted the three-member mediation panel time till August 15 to find an amicable solution in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case in Ayodhya. Also Read - Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi Accorded Z+ VIP Security Cover by Centre
The five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and including Justices SA Bobde, SA Nazeer, Ashok Bhushan and DY Chandrachud, refused to reveal the progress made in the case. Also Read - Coronavirus: Controversial Ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi's Mother Contributes Rs 1 Lakh to PM-CARES Fund
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Notably, the hearing comes a couple of months after the apex court referred the dispute to a three-member mediation committee. The committee, headed by retired Supreme Court judge Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, submitted its interim report in a sealed cover on May 6. (Also read: RSS Finds Supreme Court’s Call For Mediation Surprising)
The suggestion for mediation had come from the bench on February 26 when, taking up appeals, it said it could only decide on a property and it was looking at “a possibility of healing relationships”.
While Hindu bodies, except Nirmohi Akhara, and the Uttar Pradesh government had opposed the suggestion for mediation, the Muslim petitioners had supported it.
The top court is hearing appeals against the September 30, 2010, verdict of the Allahabad High Court which ordered a division of the disputed 2.77 acres site among the Nirmohi Akhara sect, the Sunni Central Wakf Board, Uttar Pradesh and the deity, Ramlalla.
Earlier, in April, the Nirmohi Akhara had filed an application in the Supreme Court opposing Centre’s plea seeking the return of 67.390 acres of undisputed acquired land to original owners.
In its application, the Nirmohi Akhara said that the Centre had proposed returning of acquired land to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas and that there were many temples on the acquired land and their rights would be affected if the land was returned to one party.