Ayodhya dispute: SC fixes July 25 for hearing if mediation process fails, seeks status report
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court on Thursday scheduled the hearing on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case on July 25, in case the mediation process fails to turn fruitful.
Hearing a petition seeking early hearing of the case, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also sought the latest status report with regard to the ongoing mediation proceedings in the title dispute within a week.
The five-judge Constitution bench requested former apex court judge Justice (Retd) F M I Kalifulla, chairperson of the three-member mediation panel, to submit the report by July 18 and said the court would pass further orders on the same date.
The bench said after perusing the latest status report, if it felt that the mediation process ought not to be concluded, the main Ayodhya dispute case would be heard by the apex court on a day-to-day basis from July 25.
The court had on March 8 constituted a three-member committee, chaired by former Supreme court judge Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, for exploring possibilities of an amicable settlement to the land dispute.
The panel also comprised Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior Madras High Court advocate Sriram Panchu.
The court had expressed the view that the proceedings must be conducted with "utmost confidentiality" to ensure its success.
On May 10, the court had given time till August 15 to mediation panel to find an amicable solution to the dispute.
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