New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday may opt for court-monitored mediation in the contentious Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute. (Also read: BJP Govt Will do Whatever it Can For Ram Temple: Ram Madhav)
In the last hearing on February 26, the apex court had favoured a peaceful dialogue. Proposing mediation, Justice S A Bobde had said, “We are considering the possibility of healing relations between two communities. We, as a court, can only decide the property issue.”
The five-judge constitution bench also comprises Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice D Y Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer.
In fact, the suggestion came up when both the Hindu and the Muslim sides sparred over the veracity of documents translated by the Uttar Pradesh government. “We are considering it (mediation) very seriously. You all (parties) have used the word that this matter is not adversarial. We would like to give a chance to mediation even if there is one per cent chance,” the bench had said.
Lawyers of the Hindu parties had opposed the idea of mediation by saying that such attempts had failed in the past, while the Muslim parties’ lawyers had approved of it if a regular hearing on the matter went on simultaneously.
The petition challenging the 2010 judgment by Allahabad High Court has been pending for almost nine years. The court had ordered that the 2.77 acres of the disputed land be divided equally among the three parties _ the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhada and Ram Lalla.
The five-judge bench, which posted the main matter for hearing after eight weeks, said it wanted to explore the possibility of mediation to utilise the time till the next date of hearing.
The bench was re-constituted on January 25 as Justice U U Lalit, who was a member of the earlier bench, had recused himself from hearing the matter. When the new bench was constituted, Justice N V Ramana was excluded from the re-constituted bench.