Preponing the deadline by a day, the Supreme Court on Friday, has set a fresh deadline in the Ayodhya land dispute as October 17. The apex court has asked all parties to complete all arguments by October 17 as it needs at least four weeks to draft a final verdict on the issue. The Ayodhya verdict is also expected prior to Nov 17, 2019, as the CJI Ranjan Gogoi is set to retire on the same date. The verdict on the seven-decade long case is expected to arrive in mid-November.
Earlier on September 19, the Chief Justice of India-led Supreme Court (SC) bench had asked all parties involved to make efforts to complete the final arguments by October 18. The Supreme Court had finally set a deadline for the long-fought case, after starting daily hearings on August 6. Agreeing to the Supreme Court's demands, parties had submitted their tentative schedules before the bench, according to sources. The Supreme Court had further allowed the mediation process requested by the parties to proceed parallel to the SC's daily hearing of the appeals.
Sources reported that CJI Ranjan Gogoi had announced that the daily hearings on the Ayodhya dispute will continue as per schedule, as they are at an advanced stage. He had 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 had stated that if the mediation process reaches a settlement, then the settlement is to be placed before the apex Court. This development came 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.
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/