While the Ayodhya dispute is currently in its last leg of hearing in the Supreme Court, Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday, said that the time 'offering the land to the Hindus' was over, in an exclusive interview with Republic Media Network's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami. When asked about the 'Indian Muslims For Peace' organisation offering the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi land to the Hindus even if the court's order was in favour of the Muslim parties, Shah said that this offer could have been made during mediation was occurring and not now. He urged all parties to peacefully accept the Supreme Court's verdict, which is expected in mid-November. The Supreme Court has fixed October 17 as the last day to listen to arguments.
"This stage has passed. The hearing is almost nearing its end. It would have been good if the negotiation had occurred outside the Courts. An opportunity was also given to all parties through a mediation panel. But nothing happened. So all should now peacefully accept the Supreme Court's verdict in this matter. If such a step had to be taken you could have taken it during the mediation itself - just 2 months ago. When elections were happening, mediation was occurring simultaneously," he said.
Earlier on October 10, a group of eminent Muslims under the banner 'Indian Muslims For Peace' deliberated that an out-of-court settlement in the protracted Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute was the only solution, according to PTI. Former Indian army deputy chief, Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah (retd) also added that even if the court order was in their favour, they would not be able to construct a mosque on the spot. The group had expressed the desire to hand over the disputed land in Ayodhya to the Supreme Court which may, in turn, hand it over to the Central government. This was what they felt would stop the seven-decade-old case.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Section 144 of the CRPC had been imposed across Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya district. This was done as the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute has reached its final phase on Monday when the Supreme Court resumed proceedings on the 38th day after a week-long Dussehra break. The decision to impose Section 144 was taken by District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha, keeping the security and safety of the people in mind. The order released by the DM office stated that section 144 was applied ahead of the approaching festival season icluding Diwali, Chhat Puja, and others.
Meanwhile, preponing the deadline by a day, the Supreme Court 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. 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. n 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.