Ayodhya Case: SC Asks to Complete Arguments by Oct 18

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The Supreme Court on Thursday once again stressed on the need to complete arguments in the Ayodhya land dispute case by October 18.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, while arguing the case both sides said that if arguments can’t get over by October 18, there won’t be an extra day. He said that the bench would have four weeks to write the judgment and it will be a miracle if the court delivers the judgment in four weeks. Justice Gogoi retires as the CJI on November 17.

The five-judge bench comprising of CJI Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer had last week set October 18 target to complete hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title case. The CJI had called for a joint effort from all parties.  

The mediation panel comprised former SC judge FMI Kalifulla, spiritual guru and founder of Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, a renowned mediator. The panel had conducted negotiations between Hindu and Muslim litigants for over four months to explore the possibility of a settlement. The top court had granted it an extension of three months till August 15 on May 10, after the panel submitted an interim report to the court.

The bench started holding daily hearings from August to fast-track the case that has been pending for decades after a Supreme Court appointed mediation committee failed to develop a consensus among the parties for a solution.

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