Is truce on the cards on Ayodhya? SC bench may discuss mediation report

Is truce on the cards on Ayodhya? SC bench may discuss mediation report
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New Delhi:The five judge bench hearing the Ayodhya title dispute will sit in chambers on Thursday, a day after reserving the judgement in the 70-year-old politically-vexing case.

According to media reports, the wafq board had settled to drop its claim on the disputed site subject to certain conditions. Onmanorama could not independently verify this.

Some of the conditions reportedly set by Sunni Waqf board include the allocation of a suitable land to rebuild Babri Masjid, the government renovating other masjids in Ayodhya and opposing parties not raising any dispute over other masjids in the country. It must also be the government that takes over the disputed land to build Ram temple.

According to sources, the judges are likely to discuss the report submitted by the court-appointed mediation panel headed by former apex court judge, F.M.I. Kalifullah and comprising ace mediator Sriram Panchu and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar.

Sources said that it is apparent that the panel has reached some kind of settlement among Hindu and Muslim parties in litigation on the Ayodhya land dispute.

Ravishankar, in a tweet, said: "I thank the Supreme Court for the confidence they have placed in the mediation. I thank all the parties for their sincere & tireless participation. The entire mediation process happened with a sense of brotherhood & understanding which is a testament to the values of this nation."

Counsel for the Ram Lalla Virajman had, however, submitted in the apex court that they have pulled out of mediation, and instead seek a judgement on the matter. The court had initiated daily hearing in the matter on August 6, after the mediation to amicably resolve the issue failed.

The Supreme Court has ordered to maintain confidentiality in the contents of the mediation report. According to sources, it is likely that the apex court may engage with the counsels on the basis of this mediation report. Panchu was not available for a comment on the matter on phone. He also did not revert to the text message.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday wrapped up the 40-day hearing in the decades-old temple-mosque dispute in Ayodhya--the second longest proceedings in its history--and reserved its verdict in the politically sensitive case that is expected in a month's time.

The concluding day of the marathon hearing during which Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi heading a 5-judge Constitution bench observed "enough is enough" was marked by high drama when Rajeev Dhawan, a senior counsel for the Muslim parties, tore a pictorial map provided by Hindu Mahasabha purportedly showing the exact birth place of Lord Ram in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.

The bench is racing against time since the verdict has to be delivered before Justice Gogoi demits office on November 17.

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