The five-judge bench of Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its order on court-monitored mediation to find a cordial solution for the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. Hindu parties, except Nirmohi Akhara, opposed mediation even as Muslim parties supported the court’s move.
Speaking in the matter, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi accepted the court's suggestion, saying that court-monitored mediation will keep it confidential. He further asserted to wait for the Supreme Court's order in the case, which is likely to come later this week.
"We are waiting for the Supreme court order on mediation. Muslim side said that mediation will be Supreme court-monitored, and the hearing and deliberations will be on-camera - which is also very good, SC has also accepted it. SC has ruled out a suggestion in its wisdom and the Nirmohi Akhara has accepted it, then I believe what's wrong in that. The Muslim side had said that in the past such efforts were made which unfortunately did not deliver the results. When the suggestion was made in Supreme Court that if it is a court-monitored mediation then it will be confidential that those mediatory efforts will not be reported in the media that also has been accepted. The Muslim side and Nirmohi Akhara has accepted the SC suggestion and let us wait for the order," said Asaduddin Owaisi speaking to reporters.
During the hearing in the SC, Rajeev Dhawan, counsel for Muslim parties, asked the five-judge bench to frame terms and conditions for the mediation before the matter is referred, while the Hindu parties alleged that multiple parties are part of this suit.
Fourteen appeals were filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.