New Delhi, July 11: The Supreme Court will today hear the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. The matter will be heard by a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. According to reports, an application for early hearing was filed by one of the original plaintiffs -- Gopal Singh Visharad, saying that there has been no progress in the mediation ordered by the apex court to settle the issue. Ayodhya Land Dispute Case: Supreme Court to Take Note of Reports by Three-Member Panel of Mediators Today
The matter is expected to be heard at around 10:30 am today. The other members of the bench include Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer.
A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by the CJI had, in May, extended till August 15 the time for the panel of mediators to complete the proceedings. The Supreme Court will today take the plea for early hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, as reported by Bar and Bench. Ranjan Gogoi is likely to decide on the mediation in the matter.
It said the panel had submitted that it was “optimistic” about an amicable solution. “If the mediators are optimistic about the result and are seeking time till August 15, what is the harm in granting time? This issue has been pending for years,” the Bench had told the counsel appearing for the parties concerned.
The apex court had on March 8 referred the matter to the panel of mediators for exploring the possibility of an amicable settlement. In its March 8 order, Supreme Court had asked the panel of mediators to hold in-camera proceedings and complete them within eight weeks.