Some parties open to drop claim to disputed Ayodhya Land: Mediation panel

There is a possibility that the Supreme Court’s verdict, likely next month, will reflect the points in the mediation report. The Ayodhya judgement is expected to be delivered before Chief Justice Gogoi retires on November 17

Written by October 17, 2019 10:55

New Delhi: Some parties from both sides have offered to drop their claim for the settlement in which a temple would be built on the disputed site in lieu of certain safeguards for mosques across the country. The Sunni Waqf Board on Wednesday told the Supreme Court through a mediation panel that they could agree to a settlement, according to sources.

Besides agreeing to give up its claim to the site of the razed Babri mosque, the Waqf Board has also asked that existing mosques in Ayodhya be renovated by the government. The Waqf board has offered to build a mosque at any other suitable place, sources have revealed on the report that could lead to a breakthrough in the 134-year-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.

As Supreme Court wrapped up arguments in the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid land dispute case and reserved its verdict, Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Wednesday thanked the court for the confidence it placed in the mediation, of which he was a part of.

In a tweet, the spiritual leader said that the entire mediation process happened with a sense of brotherhood and understanding which is a testament to the values of this nation. “I thank the Supreme Court for the confidence they have placed in the mediation. I thank all the parties for their sincere and tireless participation. The entire mediation process happened with a sense of brotherhood and understanding which is a testament to the values of this nation,” he said on Twitter.

Both Hindus and Muslims claim the land where the 16th century Babri mosque stood before it was brought down in December 1992 by Hindu activists who believed that it was built on the ruins of an ancient temple marking the birthplace of Lord Ram. The cataclysmic incident shook Indian politics and caused riots across the country.

Yesterday, senior lawyer K Parasaran, representing “Ram Lalla Virajman” or infant Lord Ram, argued: “There are 55-60 mosques in Ayodhya alone. But for Hindus, it is the birth place of Lord Ram…we can’t change the birthplace.”

There is a possibility that the Supreme Court’s verdict, likely next month, will reflect the points in the mediation report. The Ayodhya judgement is expected to be delivered before Chief Justice Gogoi retires on November 17.