The entire nation is waiting for the Ayodhya verdict today as the Supreme Court is to take up the “outcome” of mediation proceedings conducted by a panel. The panel was set up primarily to peacefully resolve the matter of the much-awaited land dispute over Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.
A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had sought a report the panel to inform the court on camera media proceedings.
The panel comprising of spiritual guru and founder of the Art of Living foundation Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate and renowned mediator Sriram Panchu, was earlier granted time till August 15 by the apex court for the completion of mediation.
The mediation process is fixed in Faizabad of Uttar Pradesh, barely 7 km from Ayodhya by the top court. The bench was earlier told by Hindu bodies, except the Nirmohi Akhara, and the Uttar Pradesh government that they were not in favour of the court’s suggestion for mediation. But the Muslim bodies had supported the proposal.
Prior to this, 14 appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment which were delivered in 4 civil suits. The judgement went – that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties among the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
On December 6, 1992, the Babri Masjid, constructed at the disputed site in the 16th century by Shia Muslim Mir Baqi, was demolished.