‘Settlement reached in dispute’

The Ayodhya mediation committee on Wednesday filed a report in the Supreme Court about a settlement reached in which the Sunni Waqf Board is said to have raised no objection to the acquisition of the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site by the government, parties engaged in the talks told The Hindu . The five judges on the Ayodhya Bench, which reserved the appeals for judgment, are scheduled to meet in their chambers on October 17, a notice issued by the Supreme Court late on Wednesday said. The filing of the report by the mediation panel — former Supreme Court judge F.M.I. Kalifulla, spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu — coincided with the last day of hearing of the appeals by the Bench.
On the settlement conditions, sources said the Waqf board had settled for the building of a mosque at any other suitable place.
The Hindu has no access to the settlement report, said to have been filed in the Supreme Court. The parties said the conditions for settlement include the renovation of existing mosques in Ayodhya by the government and the strict implementation of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act of 1991 to protect all places of worship. Sources said the Waqf Board is willing to submit a select list of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) mosques which a court-appointed committee could consider and finalise for opening up for worship. Sources said the conditions of the settlement also included that Hindu parties could give suggestions for a scheme for the Lord Ram temple at the disputed site. The sources said the settlement has proposed the setting up of a national institution for harmony between communities in Ayodhya. They said Mahant Dharam Das and Sri Aurobindo Ashram of Puducherry have come forward to offer their land in Ayodhya for such an institution. On September 16, the committee of mediators had approached the apex court for permission to resume talks to amicably resolve the over 70-year-old Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute. The memorandum said the parties had suggested that the mediation could continue even as the court continues to hear the appeals. The parties had then suggested that talks should resume from the point where it was abruptly dropped off at the last minute on July 29 due to resistance from certain blocs across the religious divide, causing heartburn among some other stakeholders.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/settlement-reached-in-dispute/article29721321.ece

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