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Mediation fails to settle Ayodhya issue; daily hearing resumes 6 August

The report, which contained the progress made in the mediation process till 18 July, was read out, but the content will be kept confidential

New Delhi: The Ayodhya land title dispute case will be heard daily beginning 6 August. The three-member panelled mediation to settle the dispute has borne no fruit. The constitutional bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, has decided to conduct a day-to-day hearing a day after the mediation panel submitted its report on Thursday.

Senior advocate Rajiv Dhawan from the constitution bench, who has been hearing the case, said that cases related to the matter were pending and writ petitions were pending, too.

While hearing the case, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that the bench would look into the various aspects of the matter once the hearing began, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy also was present during the hearing of the case.

While hearing the matter, the Supreme Court said that all the lawyers should prepare the documents related to their respective issues, on the basis of which they would frame their respective arguments. That would help, the court said, in completing the documentation related to this matter.

Another lawyer Vishnu, who is hearing the case, said that the mediation panel failed to negotiate on any one issue. On this matter, the Hindu side would take, he said, 40 days of preparation time.

Ayodhya dispute: No result from mediation

Earlier, a five-member Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had asked the three-member mediation committee on 18 July to inform the court about the outcome of the mediation proceedings by 31 July or 1 August so that it could proceed in the matter. The former chairman of the committee was FMI Kalifulla.

The Kalifulla Committee submitted their report in a sealed envelope on Thursday about the mediation proceedings in the closed room. The bench had said it was urging the mediation panel to make the court aware of its proceedings by 31 July.

The bench comprised Justice SA Bobde, Justice DY Chandchud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Nazr. The report, which contained the progress made in the mediation process till 18 July, was read out.

According to the previous orders, the content of the report will be kept confidential.

The Supreme Court had said if the mediation process led to no consequence, daily hearing would be resumed.

The Supreme Court had on 11 July asked for the report on the mediation process and said that if the court decided to terminate the process, then hearing would take place every day 25 July onwards. It had asked Justice Kalifullah to make the result of the mediation process known till 18 July and inform the court about its present status.

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