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Ayodhya dispute: SC seeks progress report from mediation panel, daily hearing from Jul 25


New Delhi, July 11: The Supreme Court has sought a progress report from the panel that is mediating the Ayodhya dispute. The court said that the report shall be submitted by July 18.

The court said that it had set up a mediation panel. We will have to wait for a report. Let the mediators submit their report first, the Bench headed by Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi said.

SC begins hearing in Ayodhya case

Further the Bench also said that if the mediation is over, then it would hear the case on a daily basis from July 25.

The petitioner had told the court that not much progress has been made even after the first round of mediation.

In March the Supreme Court referred the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case for mediation and appointed former SC judge Justice (retd) F M I Kallifulla as chairperson of the panel of mediators.

Senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan said that the mediation is a serious issue. Is this plea filed to scare us. Unhappy parties want to scrap the mediation, he also said.

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the other members of the panel will be spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu.

The bench directed that the mediation will be held at Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh.

The bench also comprising justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer said the panel of mediators will file a progress report of the mediator proceedings within four weeks and the process should be completed within eight weeks.

The court said that "utmost confidentiality" should be maintained to ensure success of mediation and neither print nor electronic media should report the proceedings.

The bench also directed that panel of mediators can co-opt more members in the team and in case of any difficulty the chairman will inform the court's registry about it.

Fourteen appeals have been filed in the Supreme Court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties -- the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

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