Key points of the settlement report submitted by the Ayodhya case mediation panel have been accessed by Republic Media Network, following parties reaching an agreement over the decades-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute. Prepared by a panel comprising former Supreme Court Justice FMI Kalifulla, Senior advocate Sriram Panchu, and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the report pitches proposals to resolve the Ayodhya land dispute, and has been submitted to the Supreme Court which on Wednesday concluded its day-to-day hearings in the case and reserved its verdict.
The report argues ten terms to settle the dispute, with the motive to 'uphold and protect the sovereignty, unity and integrity of the country.
As per the mediation report, the parties involved unequivocally agreed that the provision of the 'Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991' should be stringently implemented in order to protect places of worship.
It further asks the Court to direct the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to permit customary religious worship at some selected mosques under its control. The report asks the SC to set up a committee, which will select such mosques which can be from the list submitted by the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board and work out the modalities for such customary religious worship.
In the mediation panel report, the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board states that it is relinquishing all its rights, interests and claims over the said land and is entering into this settlement in the larger interests of maintaining peace and harmony amongst communities in India. The report states that the board can build a mosque at another place which is suitable, keeping in view the requirement of the community. Pertaining to this point, Mahant Shri Dharam Das, Respondent No.12 in the present appeal, has expressed his willingness to donate to the institution an extent of land measuring about 1,10,000 Sq.ft. in Ayodhya.
As per the report, all parties unequivocally and unconditionally agree that the settlement shall not be treated as a precedent and that no demand similar in nature in respect of any other mosque shall ever be raised. In consultation with the Sunni Waqf Board, which unprecedentedly withdrew its claim over the land on Wednesday, arrangements shall be made by the state or the central government for the repair and renovation of the existing mosques in Ayodhya.
All parties submitted that a suitable direction should be issued to the Archaeological Survey of India for the maintenance of all places of worship. The parties involved in the settlement requested the SC to direct for the establishment of a suitable institution in Ayodhya for developing the spirit of harmony amongst all communities.
CJI Ranjan Gogoi said that the historic verdict of the Ayodhya case will be pronounced before November 17. On Wednesday the Supreme Court reserved its verdict in the marathon hearing of the politically sensitive case. The bench heard for 40 days the arguments of the Hindu and the Muslim parties. It granted three days to contesting parties to file written notes on 'molding of relief'.
The Apex court issued a notice saying that Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and four other judges will sit in chambers, where parties involved are not allowed. The notice said, “Take notice that on Thursday the October 17, the Chief Justice, Justices SA Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer will sit in chambers.”