SC to hear Ayodhya title dispute cases from Aug. 2

Mediation panel told to submit report by August 1
A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, on Thursday fixed the Ayodhya title dispute cases for hearing from August 2.
It asked the Registry to keep the case records ready and the mediation committee, led by the former Supreme Court judge F.M.I. Kalifulla, to submit by August 1 a report on the outcome of the proceedings till July 31. The mediation is the court’s initiative to amicably resolve the dispute. The order came after the court perused a progress report filed by the committee earlier this week. It was filed on the basis of a July 11 order. “Taking into account what has been brought to our notice by the report, we fix the hearing of the cases on and from 2.8.2019. The Bench will assemble again on the said date, i.e., 2.8.2019, at 2.00 p.m. Office to make the cases ready… We request the mediation panel to inform the court the outcome of the proceedings as on 31.7.2019 by 1.8.2019…,” the order read. The court’s July 11 order for a report was prompted by an application filed by Gopal Singh Visharad, an original claimant to the dispute, who filed a title suit way back in 1950, through his survivor Rajendra Singh on July 9 claiming that the mediation was making no progress. The application urged the court to stop mediation and start adjudication on the pending Ayodhya appeals. On July 11, the Bench gave a tentative date of July 25 for commencing the hearing of the pending Ayodhya appeals in case it is found that talks are making no headway as Visharad claims. The court had expressed the hope that mediation may spell a peaceful end to the volatile dispute between the members of the two religious faiths. It explained that the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case “is not about the 1500 sq ft of disputed land, but about religious sentiments. We know its impact on public sentiment, on body politic. We are looking at minds, hearts and healing if possible”.

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