New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India while taking up the Ayodhya case proposed for mediation among the parties for a period of eight weeks while going forward with preparations for the final hearing of the pleas.
The 5-bench constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi called for mediation in the dispute even if there is only a “one percent chance of success”.
While both Uttar Pradesh government and the lawyer representing the deity Ram Lalla disagreed with the proposal for mediation for eight weeks, the Muslim parties and Nirmohi Akhara were in agreement of the apex court’s proposal.
The Chief Justice of India said that the mediation among the parties will be monitored by the Supreme Court and it would be done in “utmost confidentiality”.
The call for mediation for a period of eight weeks comes after the lawyer for the Muslim parties requested time for checking the accuracy of the Uttar Pradesh’s official translation of documents in the Ayodhya case.
The Lawyer for Ram Lalla opposed this saying that the lawyer for the Muslim parties was trying to delay hearing the appeals which have been pending for nine years.
The Supreme Court said to utilize this period for mediation terming it as “effective utilization of time”.
The Supreme Court will pass the order for mediation on March 5.