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File photo of the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site.
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SC expected to pass order on mediation in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case
Supreme Court is expected to pass an order on whether to refer the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case to a court-appointed mediator.
The bench is hearing appeals against the 2010 Allahabad verdict which had ordered that the land be split into three ways among the Nirmohi Akhara sect, Sunni Central Wakf Board, Uttar Pradesh, and Ramlalla Virajman.
The middle path: A five-judge constitution bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul in the February 26 hearing had given a week’s time to the parties to explore the possibility of settling the matter through an in-camera, court-monitored process of mediation.
“We are seriously thinking over giving mediation a try since the dispute is not about anybody’s private property… Even if there is 1 per cent chance of an amicable resolution, it should be given a try,” Justice S A Bobde said.
The petitioners in the case include Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha and Sunni Waqf Board.
Mired in controversies: The Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land issue has been mired in many controversies. Previously, the January 10 hearing was postponed as Justice UU Lalit, who was to be a part of the bench, recused himself after petitioners pointed out that he had been a lawyer for Kalyan Singh in a case related to contempt of court.
Kalyan Singh was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh when the Babri Masjid was demolished following severe rioting by right-wing groups.
Then the Centre on January 29 moved the apex court seeking its nod to return the area around the disputed site back to the original owners – the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas.
The Centre’s plea struck controversy as handing over of this ‘excess’ land around the site will incontrovertibly spell the possibility of curtailed access to the land.
The dispute over the land started in the 1980s and came to a head in 1992 when the riots allegedly led by right-wing groups in which the Babri Masjid was razed and 2000 people killed.
Top court to hear petitions against Rafale jet procurement
The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear the petitions seeking a recall and review of its judgment giving a clean chit to the Modi government on acquiring 36 Rafale jet fighters in a ready-to-fly condition from French company Dassault Aviation. The top court had, on December 14, 2018, dismissed four petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the purchase of the jet fighters, saying the decision-making process was not in doubt and that it cannot go into the question of pricing and the choice of offset Indian partner by Dassault. The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice KM Joseph had on February 26 decided to hold an open court hearing of the pleas seeking the recall of its judgment on several grounds, including information that has come into public domain after its pronouncement.
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News18 Elections Lab: Renaming terror outfits and voter fraud in Andhra Pradesh
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- The curious case of voter fraud and duplicate voters in Andhra Pradesh
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Matua Matriarch Binapani Devi dies at 100; PM Modi, CM Mamata Banerjee condole death
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Imran Khan sacks Pak information and culture minister for anti-Hindu remark
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