Indian Supreme Court recommends out-of-court settlement of Babri Masjid dispute

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Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday suggested an amicable out-of-court settlement of Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir dispute.

A three-member bench, comprising Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, conducted the hearing of the petition submitted by Subramanian Swamy of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP).

“An amicable settlement of the Ayodhya Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute was a better course than on insisting on judicial pronouncement,” the bench suggested. “The matter involves sentiments on both sides. It should be settled amicably between the disputing parties… The Supreme Court will come in the picture of you can’t settle the dispute outside the court.”

Swamy had pleaded in his petition for formulating a bench that could hear the petitions challenging Allahabad High Court order of 2010 wherein division of the Ayodhya land between the parties was proposed.

“Any person of your choice. You want me to mediate (but) I will not hear (on judicial side). You want my brother (Judge). There are issues. You all sit together across the table and decide,” Justice Kheher remarked.

The apex court directed Swamy to hold talks with both the parties and infirm the court about the final decision.

Demolition of the 16th-century Babri mosque by Hindu mobs stirred of the worst riots in India, killing around 2,000 people.

Cases were registered against several notable and identified culprits, including Shive Sena chief Bal Thackeray and L.K. Advani, but no conclusive verdict could be adjudged to date.

Hindu extremists wish to build Ramjanambhoomi temple on the site for which the Allahabad High Court ruled in 2010 the division of the disputed land between the two parties.

The apex court directed Swamy to hold talks with both the parties and infirm the court about the final decision.

Demolition of the 16th-century Babri mosque by Hindu mobs stirred of the worst riots in India, killing around 2,000 people.

Cases were registered against several notable and identified culprits, including Shive Sena chief Bal Thackeray and L.K. Advani, but no conclusive verdict could be adjudged to date.

Hindu extremists wish to build Ramjanambhoomi temple on the site for which the Allahabad High Court ruled in 2010 the division of the disputed land between the two parties.

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