Ram Mandir Ayodhya case hearing highlights: The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its order over whether the crucial Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya can be settled through mediation. However, the court said it would pronounce its decision soon. During the hearing, the 5-judge apex court appeared divided over mediation route to settle the long-pending Ayodhya Ram Mandir dispute. Justice Bobde said the court is considering what is legal and can be binding on every party.
“You are looking at the outcome even before mediation is attempted. This is also about heart and mind and healing of relations,” Justice SA Bobde said reacting to submission by Hindu parties that mediation will be a failure.
“We cannot undo Babar invading etc. We can only decide what happens in the present,” Justice went on to add.
During the last hearing on February 26, the apex court had asked the contesting parties in the Ayodhya case to explore the possibility of resolving the decades old issue.
Even if there is “one per cent chance” of settling the dispute amicably, the parties should go for mediation, the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, had observed.
“We are considering it (mediation) very seriously. You all (parties) have used the word that this matter is not adversarial. We would like to give a chance to mediation even if there is one per cent chance. We would like to know your (both parties) views on it. We do not want any third party to make a comment to jeopardise the entire process,” the bench had said.
While some of the Muslim parties agreed to the court’s suggestion on mediation, some Hindu bodies including the Ram Lalla Virajman opposed it, saying several such attempts have failed in the past.
(With PTI inputs)