Babri Masjid-Ram temple land dispute case: Ayodhya mediation panel to submit report in Supreme Court on Thursday

New Delhi: The Ayodhya mediation panel in the Babri Masjid-Ram temple land dispute case will submit its status report to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover today, in compliance with the apex court’s earlier order. A bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi will hear the matter on Friday.

The Supreme Court had on July 18 asked the mediation committee on the Ayodhya land dispute to continue the mediation process and submit a report on the progress made till July 31. The court also said that it will not put on record contents of the mediation report since it was to remain confidential.

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A Constitution bench comprising Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer observed that it will take a call based on the status report on whether a hearing is required in the case. The order came after former Supreme Court judge FMI Kalifulla, chairperson of the three-member mediation panel, submitted a status report.

The court, after perusing the report, directed the committee to inform it about the progress made in the mediation till 31 July. On 8 March, the court had constituted the panel which also comprises Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior Madras High Court advocate Sriram Panchu.

(With Agency Inputs)