Arguing the case for Ram Lalla, one of the parties in the Ayodhya land dispute case, Senior counsel K Parasaran on Thursday told the apex Court that Lord Ram’s birthplace need not be the exact spot but could mean surrounding areas. The case is being heard by a 5-member bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.
Justice D Y Chandrachud, S A Bobde, Ashok Bhushan and S A Abdul Nazeer are the other four judges on the panel. The court has started hearing the matter on a daily basis from August 6. The decision was taken after the mediation panel failed to achieve any settlement in the case.
The top court is hearing the appeals against the September 30, 2010 verdict of the
Allahabad High Court in Ayodhya land dispute case. In its verdict, The court divided the 2.77-acre in Ayodhya among the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla equally.
Earlier on Thursday, August 1, Justice Khalifullah headed three-member mediation panel submitted the final report of the mediation process in a sealed cover to the Top Court.
The Apex Court’s 5-Judge Constitutional Bench had on March 8, referred the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Title Dispute Case for court-appointed and monitored mediation for a “permanent solution”.
The matter was referred to the mediation panel to develop consensus between both the parties, Muslims and Hindus, on the Ayodhya land dispute.
The Allahabad High Court in 2010 verdict had equally divided the disputed Ayodhya land between three petitioners. While two favored building a Ram Mandir at the Ayodhya site, the third party wants the Babri Masjid to be rebuilt.