SC Offers To Mediate In Ayodhya Dispute

New Delhi: Most political parties have welcomed the suggestion of the Chief Justice of India to settle the question of building Ram Mandir at Ayodhya out of the court. Both parties should sit and sort it out. The CJI said he is prepared to be the principal mediator.

The bench of Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Jagadish Singh Khehar consisting of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said while hearing BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy’s petition that it is better to settle the dispute amicably out of the court than insisting on a judicial pronouncement. Dr Swamy urged the apex court to constitute a bench to hear a batch of petitions challenging the 2010 order of Allahabad High Court.

The Allahabad HC order said the disputed Ayodhya land should be partitioned between the parties to the dispute. Since it is a sensitive issue of settlement, it is better settled outside, the apex court said. The court has suggested to Swamy to consult the parties to the dispute and bring up the matter on or before 31 March. Dr Swamy sought an urgent hearing of 1992 Babri Masjid demolition in Supreme Court.

All parties to the dispute should nominate their mediators to make a fresh attempt to settle the issue, said the apex court, suggesting that the court also can appoint a principal mediator.

Most of the political parties, including the Left parties, have reacted favourably. The BJP had welcomed it whole heartedly. The NDA government also expressed consent. RSS supported the suggestion.

However, the Muslim group, a party dispute, said the time for mediation was over long ago.

The new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath has been strong votary of building Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.

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