SC to pronounce verdict on Ayodhya meditation tomorrow

The Supreme Court is set to pronounce its verdict tomorrow, on whether to send the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case in Ayodhya for mediation as a “permanent solution”. It had reserved its order yesterday in the case.

A Constitution bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde, Ashok Bhushan, Abdul Nazeer and DY Chandrachud had said that it was aware of the gravity of the matter and the outcome of mediation on the body politic of the country. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked parties in the matter to suggest names for a panel of mediators yesterday itself. “We intend to pass the order soon,” he said.

However, Hindu groups, particularly one of the petitioner Hindu Mahasabha had opposed the mediation. “The issue is religious and sentimental,” he said. “Not a mere property dispute.” The Hindu Mahasabha said a public notice is necessary before the matter is sent for mediation.

Justice SA Bobde said the outcome of the mediation does not concern the court. “You are looking into outcome even before mediation is attempted,” Bobde said. While, advocate CS Vaidyanathan, representing the deity Ram Lalla, opposed mediation, both the Uttar Pradesh government and Sunni Waqf Board had also opposed the meditation.

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