Ayodhya case: SC seeks report on outcome of mediation by August 1

PTI New Delhi | Updated on July 18, 2019 Published on July 18, 2019

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Seeks report on the outcome by August 1

The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the mediation process to continue in the politically-sensitive Ayodhya -Babri Masjid land dispute case and sought a report on its outcome by August 1.

A five-judge Constitution Bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said that after perusing the report filed by the mediation panel, it will take a call on August 2 on whether a hearing is required in the case.

The Bench, which perused a report about the progress of mediation till July 18, said its contents will remain confidential as per its earlier order.

“However, taking into account what has been brought to our notice by the said report, we now fix the hearing of the case, if required, on and from August 2,” the Bench, also comprising justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer, said.

The report was filed by the panel headed by former apex court judge FMI Kalifulla. The apex court requested the committee to inform it by August 1 about the outcome of the proceedings held till July 31.

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

Published on July 18, 2019
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