Mediation proceeding time on Ayodhya Land Dispute case by Supreme Court formed panel has been extended to 15 August, 2019.
The panel, headed by former apex court Justice FMI Khalifulla, which would explore an amicable solution to the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya.
A five judge constitution Bench, led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, on Friday said they have received the report from Justice Khalifulla in which the panel has sought extension of time till August 15 to complete mediation proceedings.
The Bench stated before the counsel appearing for the parties, “If the mediators are optimistic about the result and are seeking time till August 15, what is the harm in granting time? This issue has been pending for years and years. Why should we not grant time?”
The Bench added that we have perused and considered the report of May 7 of Justice FMI Khalifulla indicating the progress made in the mediation proceeding. Chairman of the mediation committee has sought extension of time till August 15 to enable the committee to find an amicable solution.
We are inclined to grant time till August 15. The counsel appearing for both the Hindu and Muslim parties expressed confidence over the ongoing mediation proceedings and said they are fully cooperating with the process.