SC likely to peruse report on progress of mediation in Ayodhya case today

The Supreme Court is likely to peruse today a report on the progress of mediation in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case in Ayodhya.

A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, had last week sought a report on the issue and said that a day-to-day hearing may commence from 25th July, if the court decides to conclude the mediation proceedings.

The bench had requested former apex court judge Justice FMI Kalifulla, Chairperson of the three-member mediation panel, to apprise it by 18th July the progress of mediation till date and its present stage.

It passed the order while hearing an application filed by a legal heir of one of the original litigants, Gopal Singh Visharad, seeking a judicial decision on the dispute and conclusion of the mediation process, alleging that nothing much was happening there.

It had said that the court would pass appropriate orders on 18th July after perusing the report filed by the mediation committee.

The panel, also comprising spiritual guru and founder of the Art of Living Foundation Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate and renowned mediator Sriram Panchu, was earlier granted time till 15th August by the apex court for completion of mediation after its earlier report had said that the mediators were optimistic about an amicable solution.

The Hindu

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