Gopal Singh Visharad, the plaintiff in the first suit in the event of the Ayodhya-Babri title conflict, made a reference to the Chief Justice for early hearing of the appeals on Tuesday. Senior Advocate P S Narasimha produced the application quoting the reason that "even after the first round, no progress is made in mediation." On this, CJI Gogoi asked the counsel to submit a suitable application for early hearing of the matter.
On March 8, a panel of former SC judge Justice F M Khalifulla, founder of Art of Living' Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and senior lawyer and renowned mediator Sriram Panchu referred the matter to mediation. The mediation was aimed to take place in UP's Faizabad, where the conflict location is situated. The Court had extended the time until August 15 to complete the mediation on May 10.
The reference to mediation was created in a series of appeals against the 2010 judgment of the High Court of Allahabad, which ruled that the 2,77 acres of Ayodhya territory would be split into 3 sections, with 1/3 going to the Ram Lalla or Infant Rama represented by the Hindu Maha Sabha for the building of the Ram Temple, 1/3 going to the Islamic Sunni Waqf Board and 1/3 going to the Hindu religious denomination.
The HC Justices S.U. Khan, Sudhir Agarwal and D.V. Sharma by a majority of 2:1 held that the birthplace of Lord Rama "as per the Hindus ' faith and belief" was the part under the main dome of the demolished three-dome structure, where Ram Lalla's idol was kept in a temporary temple.
Justice Sharma categorically indicated in his dissenting judgement that "the disputed site is Lord Ram's birthplace", and held that Hindus had exclusive privileges over the disputed site. The Hindu organizations opposed the reference to mediation in the trials before SC. They argued that the matter was not a mere conflict over land, but related to faith and feelings.
Muslim organizations, on the other side, expressed their readiness to engage in mediation.
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