The Supreme Court on Thursday sought an interim report from the Ayodhya mediation panel and gave the committee time until July 18 to submit it. It also said that it will begin the hearing in the Ayodhya case on July 25. 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.
Following this one of the petitioner, Haji Mehboob reacted to the order by the apex court and said:
"The mediation was started by the Supreme Court and we know that the mediation was going on the in right direction but Bajrang Dal, Hindu Mahasabha never want the issue to be resolved. Everyone wants the issue to be resolved except them. The issue was being resolved peacefully but they don't want it. What can be done? Now the court has given them time. Let's see what happens," Mehboob said.
Meanwhile, Dr Subramanian Swamy who has been arguing for a speedy resolution and had even suggested for a law to be enacted by the Centre so the matter could be settled faster tweeted soon after the Supreme Court passed the verdict on the plea seeking early hearing. He tweeted saying that the good news from the verdict according to him was that the top court would conduct day-to-day hearing in the Ayodhya case after July 25 after reviewing progress made by the mediation panel.
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.