SC favours out-of-court settlement of Ram Janambhoomi issue

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supreme court- 1All concerned parties must make efforts to bring to a close the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid issue through negotiated settlement, observed the Supreme Court on March 21.

Stating that both parties must adopt a lenient approach, the CJI told BJP leader Subramanian Swamy if the concerned parties wanted any other SC sitting judge, he/she would be made available.

It may be noted that in 2010, the Allahabad High Court ruled for a three-party division of the disputed area—the Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and the ‘Ram Lalla’ party. During the same year, the SC had frozen the Allahabad HC verdict and since then the issue is pending in the SC.

The court then proceeded to ask Swamy to bring the matter to its notice on March 31.

It may be noted here that the Ayodhya Ram temple issue has been one of the most controversial issue in the past nearly three decades.

Highlighting that he was prepared to deliberate with the representatives of the concerned parties to settle the century-old issue between Hindus and Muslims, Chief Justice of India (CJI) JS Khehar said though judicial orders can bind the parties, but such sensitive matters are best settled through negotiations.

To this contention by the bench, Swamy argued that though several attempts were in the past, nothing worked. It was time for judicial intervention to settle the case.

While this was so, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has announced that it will launch a new Ram Mandir movement across the country.

Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Sambhit Patra has welcomed the SC’s favouring an out-of-court settlement in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid case. He alsos adi that it was sweet of the CJI to offer to mediate in the contentious issue.