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Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi today informed the parties to the Ayodhya case that the hearings would come to an end at 5 pm today.
Today, he said in Court,
“We have already asked all the intervenors to apportion the time accordingly.”
Hearings had commenced on August 6, with arguments being made on behalf of the Nirmohi Akhara. In the following hearings, submissions were also made on behalf of the deity Ram Lalla and the Ram Janmabhoomi Punaruddhar Samiti. After arguments on behalf of the Hindu parties to the Ayodhya dispute concluded, arguments commenced on behalf of the Muslim parties to the case.
And after 40 hearings over a span of more than two months, the case will reach its conclusion this evening.
The Ayodhya case is being heard by a Constitution Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer.
In March this year, the Bench referred the Ayodhya dispute to a mediation panel comprising former Supreme Court judge Justice FMI Kalifulla, spiritualist Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and Senior Advocate Sriram Panchu.
However, after the mediation route failed to deliver any result, the Court passed an order intimating that it would hear the case on a day-to-day basis.
Last month, the Supreme Court made it clear that there is no bar on parties attempting to settle the dispute in the Ayodhya case through mediation.
The Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had passed an order to that effect, stating that the parties can settle the dispute through means including mediation and place the result of the same before the Court.
This would mean that mediation can proceed simultaneously if the parties so desire, notwithstanding the fact that the hearing in the case is progressing before the Supreme Court.