New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Friday granted additional time to a three-member special mediation panel in the Ayodhya Ram Janmbhoomi land title dispute case. The court has extended the time till August 15 to find an harmonious solution to the dispute.
The 3-member mediation committee, headed by retired SC judge F M I Kalifulla. The other members being senior advocate Sriram Panchu and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who sought time for its report for a possible negotiated solution.
SC on Friday was scheduled to hear the issues relating to the Ayodhya's Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. It was likely to take up the report by 3-member mediation committee appointed by the SC, who were asked to explore possibility of an out of court settlement of the case.
On March 8, a bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer had appointed the committee to get the opposing parties to the negotiating table for an cordial solution to the 70-year-old litigation relating to ownership of the 2.77 acre Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land in Ayodhya.
The panel has submitted two short reports, one in April detailing the parties they had spoken with and the second this week informing the SC about the proposed steps on more rounds of negotiations.
As per reports senior advocate Sriram Panchu said, “The proceedings so far have generated hope that though there will be difficulties in carrying on with the negotiation and mediation, it does not appear to be a lost cause to me.”
The court is hearing the appeals, pending in the SC since 2010, challenging the Allahabad HC decision to divide the 2.77 acre disputed land equally among Ram Lalla (deity), Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Wakf Board.