Breaking: Final hearing in Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case to begin on August 6

Breaking: Final hearing in Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case to begin on August 6

Murali Krishnan

In a major development, the Supreme Court today ordered that it will hear the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case from August 6.

The hearing will start with appeals arising out of suit nos. 3 and 5. The hearing will be held on a day-to-day basis.

The Court noted that mediation proceedings have failed to yield results.

The order was passed by the Constitution Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer.

On March 8, a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court had referred the long-standing Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute for mediation. The mediation panel was chaired by former Supreme Court judge Justice FMI Kalifulla along with spiritualist Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Senior Advocate Sriram Panchu.

In May, the Court extended the deadline given to the Mediation Committee allowed it to complete the process by August 15.

On a later date of hearing, the Court had directed the mediation panel set up to settle the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute to submit a report detailing the progress of the mediation by July 18.

On that date, the Court, after receiving a report from the mediation committee, stated that it will not put the contents of the report on record since the mediation proceedings are confidential. It then proceeded to post the matter for hearing on August 2.

[Read Order]

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