New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear today the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case. This comes a couple of months after the apex court referred the dispute to a three-member mediation committee. (Also read: RSS Finds Supreme Court’s Call For Mediation Surprising)
The committee, headed by retired Supreme Court judge Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, submitted its interim report in a sealed cover on May 6.
The Constitution bench hearing the matter has Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and judges S A Bobde, Dr D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer.
Meanwhile, the mediation panel also had spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu. The Supreme Court had noted “the lack of consensus between the parties in the matter” before constituting the panel. It had directed the panel to complete the proceedings within eight weeks.
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.