Ayodhya case hearing: Will Ram Mandir case be referred to court-appointed mediator? SC order on March 5

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Updated:Feb 26, 2019 2:41:17 pm

Ayodhya Case Verdict in Supreme Court: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that it will pass an order on March 5 whether the Ram Mandir case be referred to a court-appointed mediator.

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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.

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    Ram Mandir case to come up for hearing in Supreme Court today.The Allahabad High Court in its verdict pronounced in September 2010 equally bifurcated the disputed 2.77 acres of land among the three involved parties -- Nirmohi Akhara, Ram Lalla and Sunni Waqf Board. A total of 14 appeals were filed in the Supreme Court against the 2010 judgment. On January 29, the Centre had the apex court seeking its permission to return the 67 acres of undisputed acquired land around the disputed site to the Ram Janambhoomi Nyas. The 0.313 acre area, where the disputed Babri Masjid once stood, is a part of 2.77-acre disputed premises. The disputed structure 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. The Ram Janambhoomi Nyas (RJN) is the owner of as much as 42 acres of the acquired non-disputed land.
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