Ayodhya case: Litigant moves Supreme Court demanding early hearing

PTI New Delhi | Updated on July 09, 2019 Published on July 09, 2019

One of the original litigants in the Ayodhya land dispute case on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking early hearing of the matter.

The litigant said nothing much has been happening in the case which was referred to a three-member panel of mediators.

The panel, formed to explore an amicable solution, is headed by former apex court judge Justice FMI Kalifulla.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was told by senior advocate PS Narsimha, appearing for litigant Gopal Singh Visharad, that the title dispute was required to be listed for urgent hearing before the court.

The senior lawyer said that “nothing much has been happening” in the case.

“Have you filed an application for early hearing?” the Bench asked. The counsel replied in the affirmative.

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by the CJI had, in May, extended till August 15 the time for the panel of mediators to complete the proceedings.

It said the panel had submitted that it was “optimistic” about an amicable solution. “If the mediators are optimistic about the result and are seeking time till August 15, what is the harm in granting time? This issue has been pending for years,” the Bench had told the counsel appearing for the parties concerned.

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Published on July 09, 2019
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