Ayodhya case hearing: Supreme Court may order court-monitored mediation today

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Updated:Mar 05, 2019 2:10:20 pm

Ayodhya Case Verdict in Supreme Court: The Ram Mandir case will come up for hearing before CJI Ranjan Gogoi headed Constitution bench. The court may refer the matter to court-monitored mediation.

Ayodhya caseAyodhya case hearing LIVE: Supreme Court to decide whether to order court-monitored mediation

Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case hearing: The Supreme Court will on Tuesday decide if the politically sensitive Ram Mandir be referred to for mediation for an amicable resolution. On February 26, when the five judges bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi had heard the matter last, favoured mediation for the amicable resolution of the Ayodhya title issue .

In its observation, the court said that even if there is one per cent possibility of negotiation, it should be given a chance. “We are considering the possibility of healing relations between two communities,” Justice SA Bobde said, adding that “we, as a court, can only decide the property issue”.

While lawyers representing the Hindu parties in the top court opposed idea of mediation, the Muslim parties lawyers were ready it if the mediation and regular hearing on the petition challenging the 2010 High Court judgement go on concurrently.

The matter has been pending before the court for almost nine years. A total of 14 petitions were filed the Supreme Court challenging the September 2010 Allahabad High Court order to equally bifurcate 2.77 acres of the disputed land in Ayodhya.

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    10:25 (IST)05 Mar 2019
    Ram Mandir hearing: About Babri Masjid

    The Babri Masjid wasconstructed by Mughal emperor Babur in 1528-29 at the site where Loed Ram was born in Ayodhya town of Uttar Pradesh. Hindus beleive that the mosque was constructed after demolishing a grand temple of Lord Ram. The masjid, when constructed, was one of the larget mosques in Uttar Pradesh. It was known as Masjid-i-Janmasthan (the mosque of the birthplace) before 1940.

    09:49 (IST)05 Mar 2019
    What is Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title case

    The Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title case dispute pertains to the ownership od 2.77 acres of land in Uttar Padesh's Ayodhya. According to Hindus, Lord Ram was born here in Treta Yug. In 15th Century, Mughal Emperor Babur constructed a mosque which was named Babri Masjid. The same constructed after demolishing a temple. The mosque was, however, demolished by kar sevaks in 1992.

    09:27 (IST)05 Mar 2019
    What Archaeological Survey of India said in its 2003 report?

    The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had in a report submitted in 2003 suggested that a temple existed at the site. The Babri Masjid was demolished in December 1992.

    09:26 (IST)05 Mar 2019
    Modi govt wants to return undisputed land to Ram Janambhoomi Nyas

    The Modi government had on January 29 moved a plea in the Supreme Court to return undisputed 67.703 acres of land to the Ram Janambhoomi Nyas. The government claimed that only 0.313 acre of land was disputed on which the structure stood before it was demolished in 1992.

    08:58 (IST)05 Mar 2019
    Ayodhya Case Verdict in Supreme Court Live Updates: Hindus oppose mediation

    The Supreme Court's suggestion, however, was not accepted by lawyers appearing for the Hindu parties. Those appearing for Muslim parties were ready for mediation. Lawyers said that they are okay of mediation and regular hearing on the petitions go on concurrently.

    08:56 (IST)05 Mar 2019
    Ram mandir hearing today: SC suggested mediation under Section 89 of Code of Civil Procedure

    During the last hearing on February 26, the Supreme Court suggested the mediation route citing Section 89 of the Code of Civil Procedure, and its power to order so in an appropriate case.

    08:52 (IST)05 Mar 2019
    Ayodhya Case Live Verdict: 38,147 pages for SC's perusal

    The record for the Suoreme Court's perusal consists of a total of 38,147 pages in multiple languages including Persian, Sanskrit and Arabic, stored in 15 trunks. Of the total pages, 12, 14 pages are in Hindi including 10,907 pages of deposition of witnesses, 18,607 pages in English, 501 pages in Urdu, 97 pages in Gurumukhi, 21 pages in Sanskrit and 86 pages in other languages.

    08:51 (IST)05 Mar 2019
    Translation task require 120 days, SC told

    As per the information provided by the Supreme Court's Secretary General , over 11,000 pages of documents, mostly deposition of witnesses in Hindi, need to be translated into English. The task would require 120 working days.

    08:34 (IST)05 Mar 2019
    Ram Mandir issue: Why Supreme Court wants mediation

    The Supreme Court on February 26 said it might order mediation for an amicable resolution of the Ayodhya title issue as it deferred passing of a formal order on this till the next date of hearing on March 5. The court said tht even if there is 1% opportunity, it should be given a chance. The court said that it may decide the ownership but it is also looking for the possibility of healing relations between two communities.

    08:31 (IST)05 Mar 2019
    About 2010 Allahabad High Court order

    In Septmeber 2010, the Allahabad High Court had ordered trifurcating the disputed site and giving one part each to the Nirmohi Akhada, Ram Lalla and the Sunni Waqf Board. A total of 14 petititons were then filed in the Supreme Court challenging the High Court verdict.

    08:29 (IST)05 Mar 2019
    Ayodhya case hearing today

    The five-judge constitution bench comprises Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice SA Bobde, Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer. Last month, the court had suggested mediation on the contentius issue.

    In its September 2010 verdict, the Allahabad High Court had equally bifurcated the disputed 2.77 acres of land among the three involved parties -- Nirmohi Akhara, Ram Lalla and Sunni Waqf Board. Soon after this, a total of 14 petitions were filed in the Supreme Court contesting the High Court's order. The matter has been pending in the top court since then. The hearing started last year but it was delayed due to obstacles by Muslim parties. Interestingly, the Modi government on January 29 moved a plea in the Supreme Court seeking its permission to return 67 acres of undisputed acquired land around the disputed site to the Ram Janambhoomi Nyas. The development comes just a few months ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The Ram Mandir issue has been a burning issue. The matter has always figured in the BJP's manifestos. The decision to move a plea in the court assumes significance in the election season. The 0.313 acre area, where the disputed Babri Masjid once stood, is a part of 2.77-acre disputed premises. The 15th century Babri Masjid was demolished by kar sevaks on December 6, 1992. At that time, then government had acquired 67.703 acres, including the 2.77-acre plot, through a legislation in 1993.
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