On Tuesday, the Supreme Court has suggested mediation in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, claims it was considering the possibility of “healing relations”.
The Supreme Court continued that it will pass an order on March 5 on whether to refer it to the top court-appointed mediator or not.
A five-judge constitution bench-led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that even if one percent chance of arbitrary exists in this sensitive land dispute issue, it must be done.
The justice bench comprising of Justices DY Chandrachud, SA Bobde, S Abdul Nazeer, and Ashok Bhushan has asked the registry to offer translated copies of all necessary documents within 6 weeks and the matter would be considered for hearing after 8 weeks.
It further directed the parties to evaluate the translated copies and raise objections, if there is any, within the time of 8 weeks.
The Supreme Court claims that it wanted to explore the possibility of arbitrary to utilize the tenure of 8 weeks after which the case would be heard.
While some Muslim parties claim that they agree with the suggestion of the court for a court-appointed arbitrary to resolve the issue, whereas Ram Lalla Virajman has raised objections saying that the process of mediation has miserably failed several times.
The justice bench said, “Do you seriously think that the entire dispute for so many years is for property? We can only decide property rights but we are considering the possibility of “healing relations.”
To this, a senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan has appeared for a party opposing the Ram Temple construction in Ayodhya referred to Allahabad High Court’s Verdict and said that arbitrary was tried earlier but failed.
Ram Lalla is represented by a senior advocate CS Vaidyanathan, said that it was against to mediation and that “ we do not want another round of mediation.”
The Supreme Court said that it can proceed with the hearing if there is harmony with regard to the document’s translation.
The justice bench continued that “if translations of documents are now acceptable to all, parties cannot contest translations once proceedings begin.”
It also cited copies of report registered by the Secretary-General of the top court on the status of documents and sealed records of the dispute. The CJI directed lawyers of both sides to go through the report.
Fourteen appeals have been made in the Supreme Court against the judgment of 2010 Allahabad High Court, delivered in four civil suits, which 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya needs to be partitioned equally among three parties- the Nirmohi Akhara, the Sunni Waqf Board, and Ram Lalla.
On January 25, the five-judge bench was reconstituted as Justice UU Lalit, who earlier was a member of judge-bench, had recused himself from hearing the issue.