SC urges a report from Ayodhya mediation panel by July 31, succeeding hearing on August 2

On Thursday the Supreme Court asked the mediation panel the Ayodhya land dispute to present its final report by July 31. The next date for hearing in the case has been scheduled for August 2.

The case is being heard in the top court by a five-judge bench containing Chief Justice of India RanjanGogoi, Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer.

On subsequent analysis of the report of the mediation panel, the apex court will judge if a daily hearing should be conducted in the case. The court also said that the findings of the panel would not be taken on record, citing its confidentiality clause.

Initially, the Supreme Court had granted the three-member mediation panel time till August 15 to attain a solution in the Ayodhya land dispute case. The committee, which presented its interim report in a sealed cover to the top court in May, had asked for a further interval of time.

Prominently, superior advocate PS Narsimha, who is arguing in the case for litigant Gopal Singh Visharad, had said the Supreme Court while in last hearing not much notable improvement was happening about the functioning of the three-member mediation panel.

His allegations were countered by advocate Rajiv Dhawan, who is representing the Muslim litigants, stating that it was not the time to ask questions on the functioning of the mediation panel. He had upheld the argument of NirmohiAkhada’s counsel Gopal Singh, who had informed the court that the panel was moving in the right direction.

The panel was formed on March 8 consisting of three members consisting of former judge FM Kalifulla, Art of Living founder Sri Ravishankar and eminent lawyer SriramPanchu. They were told to retain their verdicts confidential and were permitted to accommodate furthermore members if required.

Allahabad High Court On September 30th, 2010, had ordered that the argued land would be classified into three parts. As per the judgment of the High Court, the site with a Rama idol was assigned to RamlallaVirajman, SitaRasoi and Ram Chabutara were given to NirmohiAkhada and the remaining land was given to Sunni Waqf Board.

The judgment was appealed against in the Supreme Court. On May 9, 2011, the Supreme Court had stayed the Allahabad High Court order, agreeing to hear the arguments.

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