Ayodhya dispute: SC reserves order on mediation

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Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its order on the issue of referring Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case to court-appointed and monitored mediation for a “permanent solution”

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked parties to suggest a name for mediator or panel for mediators. “We intend to pass the order soon,” Gogoi added.

The bench also comprising Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer said, “it is not only about property. It is about mind, sentiment and faith.”

Justice SA Bobde one of the five senior judges hearing the case said, “It’s about sentiments, about religion and about faith. We are conscious of the gravity of the dispute.”

“We have no control over what happened in the past, who invaded, who was the king, temple or mosque. We know about the present dispute. We are concerned only about resolving the dispute, Justice Bobde added.

The apex court said, “when the mediation is on, it should not be reported on. It may not be a gag, but no motive should be attributed to anyone when the mediation process is on.”

The top court is considering whether the dispute can be settled through mediation.