Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case hearing: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that it will pass an order on March 5 on whether the politically sensitive case of Ram Mandir be referred to a court-appointed mediator. Earlier, the court reiterated that it is in favour of a mediation on the matter as it is not only thinking about the ownership of land but also about healing relationships. “Even if there is one percent chance for mediation between parties, we should give it an opportunity,” Justice SA Bobde said.
But Hindus opposed the court’s suggestion, saying it has failed in the past. To this, Justice SA Bobde said, “We may decide a property but we are thinking more about healing relationships.”
Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan who was representing the Muslim litigant, however, said that his client was open to mediation. “If Your Lordships want to try it, I wont oppose it,” he said.
The court then directed all the parties involved in the Ram Mandir case to examine translated documents and point out objections, agreements with the translated documents within six weeks.
The court had on January 10 directed its registry to inspect the records that will come up before it in the process of hearing and make an assessment of the time that will be taken to make the case ready for hearing. It had also directed the registry to engage official translators and submit the report to the court.