SC suggests out-of-court settlement of Ayodhya dispute

SC suggests out-of-court settlement of Ayodhya dispute

New Delhi: Describing the Ram Mandir as a “sensitive” and “sentimental” issue, the Supreme Court on Tuesday suggested that it would be best if the contentious issue is settled amicably, The Indian Express reported. The suggestion from the top court comes after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy sought urgent hearing on the Ayodhya dispute. The court called upon parties concerned to sit together to arrive at a consensus and asked Swamy to consult the parties and inform it about the decision on March 31.
Chief Justice of India JS Khehar even went on to say he was ready to mediate on the controversial issue if the parties concerned want him to. The top court further said all parties should choose mediators to make a fresh attempt to settle the issue and that a principal mediator can be chosen by the court, if required, for settling the issue.
The issue dates back to 1992, when hundreds of karsevaks brought down the 16th century mosque, Babri Masjid in Ayodhya amid claims it was the birthplace of the Hindu deity Lord Rama and the mosque was built on the holy land of Hindus. A number of senior BJP leaders, including LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are the accused in the case.

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