Terming Ayodhya dispute a “sensitive and sentimental issue”, the Supreme Court suggested both the stakeholders that it will be best if the matter is settled amicably. The apex court bench, headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, also asked the parties concerned to “sit together” to arrive at a consensus.
“These are issues of religion and sentiments. These are issues where all the parties can sit together and arrive at a consensual decision to end the dispute. All of you may sit together and hold a cordial meeting,” the bench also comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and SK Kaul said.
At the same time, CJI Khehar told the stakeholders that court is ready to mediate in the matter if they want it to.
The bench’s observation came this morning after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy approached seeking an urgent hearing of the matter, which is pending in the Supreme Court for the last six years.
The court also asked Swamy to consult the parties and inform it about the decision on March 31.
The Supreme is hearing the civil dispute matter relating to the title suit, after Allahabad High Court ruling was challenged in the top court.
On the issue of mediators, the bench asked said all parties should choose mediators to make a fresh attempt to settle the issue.
“You must make fresh attempts to arrive at a consensual decision. If required, you must choose a moderator to end the dispute. If the parties wants me to sit with mediators chosen by both the sides for negotiations, am ready to take up the task. Even the services of my brother judges can be availed for the purpose,” the CJI said.
In his petition, Swamy, whose plea to intervene in the matter was allowed last year, is also seeking top court’s directions to expedite the disposal of several petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict of three-way division of the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya on September 30, 2010.
(With inputs from the PTI)