The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its order in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case (Mint file)
The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its order in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case (Mint file)

Muslim parties reject settlement talk in Ayodhya case, blame mediation panel

  • The latest contention of the Muslim parties differs with the Sunni Wakf board’s accommodative stance in the mediation
  • The case pertains to the ownership of the land to decide whether a temple can be constructed at the site where the Babri Masjid existed earlier

New Delhi: In another twist in the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, six Muslim parties today dismissed any possibility of a settlement with the Hindu side while questioning the integrity of the mediation panel which had told the Supreme Court that an amicable resolution between the two warring sides had been agreed upon.

The latest contention of the Muslim parties differs with the Sunni Wakf board’s accommodative stance in the mediation.

Denying the settlement, a press release issued by the Muslim parties said that mediation could not have been done under the circumstances, particularly when the main Hindu parties had openly voiced their opposition to any settlement and all the other Muslim appellants too had made it clear they would not do so either.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its order after concluding the 40-day hearing in the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. On 6 December 1992, Babri Masjid, a 16th century mosque, was demolished by Hindu groups who want a Ram temple built at the site. The case pertains to the ownership of the land to decide whether a temple can be constructed at the site where the Babri Masjid existed earlier.

A date for the pronouncement of the verdict wasn’t announced as the bench five-judge bench, comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices S.A. Bopde, D.Y. Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S. Abdul Nazeer, directed the parties to submit the rest of their submissions in a written form in the next three days.

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