The Supreme Court has sought for an interim report on the mediation process and given the members of the committee one week to submit it, i.e. by Thursday, July 18. The apex court said that it will begin hearing in the Ayodhya case on July 25 based on the report. It also said that based on the mediation report it would decide if there is a need for it to conduct a day-to-day hearing in the matter.
During the hearing, K Parasaran, senior lawyer for applicant, seeking a date for early hearing in the case, said, "Since mediation is unlikely to bring any positive results, so the court should give a date for an hearing in the case". While, senior lawyer, Dr Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for one of the Muslim parties, argued, "this is not the time to criticise mediation committee."
The Supreme Court had on March 8 ordered a time-bound 8-week mediation into the decades-old Ayodhya dispute while appointing the mediation panel comprising of three mediators - retired Supreme Court Justice Kalifulla, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Sriram Panchu. UP's Faizabad was set as the location where the mediation would be held. Notably, the eight-week deadline for the mediation talks culminated earlier on May 3. The mediation panel was supposed to submit its complete report on August 15.
BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy also tweeted about the case. He had tweeted earlier on Thursday saying that it was present for the hearing in the case.