New Delhi: On Friday, the Supreme Court has extended the time
allowed to the Ayodya mediation Panel to complete the process
till August 15 .The constitution bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi comprising Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and AbdulNazeer said that the report of the chairman of the mediation committee is received and the progress over the matter is noted by the court.
The court stated that the mediation panel asked additional time till August 15 to have resolved the old dispute blistered Indian politics for over decades. The court said “the mediation is on and the chairperson seeks an extension till August 15 to arrive at an amicable and complete solution which we are inclined to grant’’ The court also said that the progress over the efforts of mediation panel to reach out a consensus between both parties would be kept confidential for now.
The Senior Counsel Rajeev Dhawan extended full support to all the endeavourers of mediation panel while senior advocate C.S Vaidyanathan for Ram Lalla suggested the panel to have allowed time only by June end. Granting the extension order, the court said “how can we do that? We don’t want to short-circuit the process”.
The committee has submitted an interim report in a sealed cover earlier this week. The Supreme Court entrusted a mediation panel headed by former CJI FMI Kalifulla on Ayodya land dispute on March 8. The other members in the panel comprise the spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravishankar, Senior advocate Sriram Panchu, a well known mediator, who had set up India’s first annexed mediation centre in 2005.