Ayodhya Case: As Hindu Mahasabha, Nirmohi Akhara propose Names of Mediators, SC May Send Case to Smaller Bench

Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha – one of the Stakeholders in the Politically motivated case of Ram Janmabhoomi – Babri Masjid Case suggested three names as mediators in Ayodhya Title dispute case. The Hindu Mahasabha proposed the names of Former Chief Justices Dipak Misra, Jagdish Singh Khehar and Former Supreme Court Judge AK Patnaik.

While Nirmohia Akhara also proposed names of Supreme Court Retired Judge Kurian Joseph, AK Patnaik and GS Singhvi.

While Muslim Stakeholders who had earlier in the day agreed on the call of Mediation has not suggested the name of mediators from their side yet.

Supreme Court later in the day said it would pass an order whether the Constitution Bench will continue to hear Ayodhya title dispute case or it will again go back to a smaller bench.

While earlier in the day the Top Court reserved verdict on the issue of referring Ayodhya title dispute case to court-appointed and monitored mediation for “permanent solution. However, the top Court asked ‘the parties to suggest a name for mediator or panel for mediators’. Following which the Top Court Bench said ‘We will pronounce the judgement soon’

The Top Court Five-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said Parties to suggest a name for mediator or panel for mediators. We intend to pass the order soon.  Apart from CJI, the other 4 Judges includes –  Justice SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana, Justice UU Lalit and Justice DY Chandrachud.

Muslim Stakeholders in the Case submitted before the court that they agree to go for Mediation. “Muslim petitioners are agreeable to mediation and any compromise or settlement will bind parties,” said Advocate Rajeev Dhavan who is appeared in the Court on behalf of a group of Muslim petitioners.

READ: Top Court Reserves Order on Mediation in Ayodhya Title Dispute Case; May Pronounce Verdict Later Today

However, Advocate Vishnu Jain who appeared for Hindu Mahasabha submitted before that the mediation path cannot be taken in resolving the title dispute. He added that Its lawyer even if mediation is ordered, they will maintain the stance in front of the mediator.

Apart from this, Subramanian Swamy who was present in the court said he supports mediation in the case.

The Apex Court had on February 26 pressed for court-monitored mediation to save time or not. Justice Bobde who had further said that ‘even if there is only a 1% chance of Mediation, it should be explored”

READ: CJI Ranjan Gogoi constitutes new bench to take on Ayodhya Title Dispute Case; hearing on Jan 29

Earlier, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had on Jan 25 reconstituted the 5 Judge Bench and inducted a Muslim Judge S Abdul Nazir.

The new Bench was necessitated after Justice U U Lalit recused from the case on January 10. This was followed by Justice N V Ramana and UU Lalit withdrawing.

The Ayodhya Dispute title case deals with who owns the Ayodhya controversial land where Babri Masjid once stood that was later demolished and where Lord Ram Believed to have been born as claimed.

The Allahabad High Court in 2010 verdict had divided the land between three petitioners — two favoured building a Ram Mandir at the Ayodhya site while the third wanted the Babri Masjid rebuilt.

All the stakeholders in the case moved to Top Court against the Allahabad High Court verdict.  The Supreme Court has begun hearing those appeals.



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