Two months after it referred the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute in Ayodhya for mediation, the Supreme Court, which is hearing the case today, has granted three more months (till August) to the mediators to find a solution.
The Supreme Court constituted three-member mediation committee, headed by retired Supreme Court judge Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, submitted its interim report in a sealed cover on May 6.
The matter was heard by a Constitution bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and judges SA Bobde, Dr DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer.
The CJI said today that the panel was optimistic about finding a solution.
On March 8, the apex court had referred the Ayodhya dispute for mediation to the panel, also comprising of spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, after it noted “the lack of consensus between the parties in the matter”. The SC had directed proceedings to be completed within eight weeks.
The suggestion for mediation had come from the bench on February 26 when it took up appeals. It said it could only decide on a property and what it was looking at was “a possibility of healing relationships”.