SC suggests out-of-court settlement for Ayodhya dispute

The Supreme Court has proposed an out-of-court settlement for the Ayodhya stand-off saying it was a matter of religion and faith. It even offered to play negotiator, cheering the proponents of Ram temple at the disputed site. The advice came during the hearing of a petition by BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy, who had sought expeditious hearing of the appeals filed against the Allahabad High Court order that has been pending for seven years.

Chief Justice J S Khehar said the top court was ready to spare a sitting judge as mediator provided all aggrieved parties sit together and decide if an out-of-court settlement could be possible.

Appeals have been filed by the Sunni Waqf Board and other parties challenging a 2010 verdict of a three-judge Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad HC that said Hindus have the right to the makeshift temple under the central dome of the Babri Masjid. The 16th-century mosque was pulled down by Hindu protesters as it was popularly believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram.

Muslim leaders involved in the Babri Masjid issue were wary of going through another round of negotiation. AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said the Babri Masjid case is about the title and he is waiting to seeing if “conspiracy charges“ would be held against senior BJP leaders in the matter.

However, many from the community want to move on. 

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