Top Court Asks Parties to Explore Option of Mediation in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid Dispute

The Supreme Court held a hearing on the Ayodhya land dispute case today. The court said the issue is not a dispute or land issue but of “sentiment and faith”.

The top court will decide if the sensitive case can be resolved through mediation.

Justice SA Bobde, one of the five judges in the bench said, “Don’t tell us about history, we also know history. We cannot undo who invades, what Babar may have done, who was king at the time, whether there was a mosque or temple.”

One of the petitioners the Hindu Mahasabha told the court that the public won’t accept mediation, to which Justice SA Bobde told, “You are saying it will be a failure. Don’t prejudge. We are trying to mediate.”

The Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi asked all contesting parties if they would explore the possibility of mediation to solve the dispute, he added that it may help in “healing relations”.

The Allahabad High Court delivered the judgement on the disputed 2.77 acre land to be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Ram Lalla, Sunni Waqf Board, and Nirmohi Akhara. Fourteen appeals were filed against this ruling.