Ayodhya Deadline: CJI Asks Parties To Finish Arguments By October 18

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The CJI-led Supreme Court (SC) bench, on Wednesday, has asked all parties involved to make efforts to complete the final arguments by October 18, setting a date

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Updated On:

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The order passed by the SC stating the resuming of mediation talks under confidentiality, while fixing a deadline for the arguments have been accessed by Republic TV

In a major development in the Ayodhya land dispute case, the Chief Justice of India-led Supreme Court (SC)  bench, on Wednesday, has asked all parties involved to make efforts to complete the final arguments by October 18. The Supreme Court has finally set a  deadline to the long-fought case, after starting daily hearings on August 6. Agreeing to the Supreme Court's demands, parties have submitted their tentative schedules before the bench, according to sources. Sources further report that the Supreme Court has further allowed the mediation process requested by the parties to proceed parallel to the SC's daily hearing of the appeals. The Ayodhya verdict is also epected prior to Nov 17, 2019 as the CJI ranjan Gogoi is set to retire on the same date.

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Ayodhya arguments to conclude by October 18

Sources report that CJI Ranjan Gogoi has announced that the daily hearings on the Ayodhya dispute will continue as per schedule, as they are at an advanced stage. He has further stated that the terms of settlement and process of meditation would be confidential, as per sources. While the SC has allowed mediation to proceed parallelly, the CJI has reportedly stated that if the mediation process reaches a settlement, then the settlement is to be placed before the apex Court. This development comes two days after Ayodhya mediation committee had sought the apex court's permission to resume mediation talks, while the day-to-day hearing of the case was in progress.

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Mediation close to settlement

Earlier on Tuesday, Republic TV had accessed super-exclusive documents revealing that mediation was about to reach its final stage of settlement in the dispute. While it was declared by CJI Ranjan Gogoi on August 2 - that mediation in the Ayodhya land dispute has failed, these documents reveal that mediation was about to reach a settlement, but could not be completed 'due to paucity of time'. In a letter written by Sunni Waqf Board to the mediation panel, comprising of Justice P.M. Ibrahim Kalifulla, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Sriram Panchi, the board has asked for more time from the panel to reach a settlement.

"The issue was almost resolved and the parties had reached a definite settlement. However, the same could not be finalised due to paucity of time. If only or two weeks more were available with you, we are sure that Settlement could have come through," the letter dated September 5, 2019 reads. 

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Live streaming of Ayodhya case hearings

The Supreme Court on Monday has agreed to consider the plea to live to stream of the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. The apex court has further asked the registry to respond in the matter. It has instructed the registry to inform as to how long it will take to facilitate live-streaming. The Court is currently hearing arguments on a daily basis from all parties involved in the issue.

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Ayodhya hearing in SC

In a massive setback to the Ayodhya land dispute, the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on August 2 declared that the Ayodhya mediation panel headed by Justice FM Kalifulla has failed. The court then began day-to-day hearings from August 6. Earlier, the three-member Ayodhya mediation panel submitted its status report to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover, complying with the orders of the apex court earlier on July 11. The apex court then declared that mediation has failed

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