Ayodhya Case: Three-member mediation panel submits final report to Court; SC to take up matter today

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The Supreme Court-appointed three-member mediation panel on Thursday submitted its final report to the Court in a sealed cover. The Top Court will hear the Ayodhya land dispute case on Friday. It is expected that based on the report submitted by the mediation panel, the top Court will decide its further proceedings.

The three-member mediation panel, headed by Justice Kalifulla, had submitted the interim report in the Supreme Court on July 18. Following which the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi fixed the date of hearing on August 2 for further hearing in the case.

In the last hearing, the Apex Court requested the mediation committee to inform the outcome of the mediation proceedings by July 31st.

READ: Ayodhya Case: Top Court extends mediation proceedings till July 31; a posted matter for August 2

Earlier, 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 Top Court Bench appointed three mediators that include – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Senior Advocate Sriram Panchu – a trained mediator. Justice (r) Khalifulah was appointed to head the three-member panel.

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



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