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SC seeks fresh status report on Ayodhya dispute

The Supreme Court asked Justice FMI Kalifulla, chairperson of the three-member mediation panel, to submit the report by July 18. A five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi will then analyse the report and will take a decision on further action on 25th of July.

On July 9th, one of the litigants in the case, Gopal Singh Visharad filed a plea seeking a fastrack hearing of the case since he was dissatisfied with the ongoing proceedings. Thursday’s order that came in response to his plea has been welcomed by most parties involved in the case. 

On March 8, the court had referred the matter to a panel of mediators to explore chances of an amicable settlement. Retd. Justice Kalifulla was appointed as chairman, spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu are the two other members of the committee. The committee was given 8 weeks time to complete its work. In May, it got an extension till August 15th.

In its 2010 decision in the Ayodhya dispute case, the Allahabad High Court stated that the 2.77 acres of disputed land shall be distributed equally among the three involved parties, that is- Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhada, and Ram Lalla. Unhappy with the decision, several stakeholders involved in the case took the matter to the Supreme Court.

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