In another hearing of the Ram Janambhoomi Babri Masjid land dispute case aka the Ayodhya case today, the Supreme Court has suggested to seek mediation to resolve the dispute, considering the possibility of “healing relations”.
The Supreme Court bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, and comprising of Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandradhud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer had conducted another hearing of the sentimentally and politically sensitive Ayodhya land contention today. And the five-judge bench directed the parties to seek last-minute mediation in the case and resolve the matter – to make healing relations possible. The court also directed that “even if one per cent chance of mediation exists in the politically sensitive land dispute matter, it should be done”.
The court is yet to pass formal orders for the recommendation of secret mediation – that will be done extremely confidentially, and appointment of a mediator will be done on March 5. Soon after this, the court adjourned the case for next 6 weeks, citing it as the time required paper work to be completed before the final hearing. Once the formal paper work is complete, the hearing will resume after eight weeks – during which, all parties are directed to examine translated copies and raise objections, if any.
The time period will be used to “explore the possibility of mediation”, to which some Muslim parties said they were agreeable – but some Hindu parties had raised objections since such mediations have failed earlier. For now, as hundreds time before, the Supreme Court has once again refrained itself from passing any order, or ordeals in the years old sensitive case of Ayodhya temple and Babri Masjid.