The Supreme Court on Thursday asked Ayodhya dispute mediation panel to submit its report by July 18, that is, within a week. The three-member mediation panel, set up in the month of March this year, comprises retired Supreme Court judge F MI Kalifulla, noted advocate Sriram Panchu and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The panel was set up by the Supreme Court with an intention to find an amicable solution to Ram Mandir -Barbri Masjid dispute.
Supreme Court also said that in case there is no progress in this case, next hearing will take place on July 25.
On Thursday, the Court heard a plea which urged it to conclude the mediation process. The plea was filed by Rajendra Singh, son of Gopal Singh Visharad, one of the plaintiffs in the original civil suit regarding the Ayodhya land. In his plea, Rajendra Singh has said that the mediation process has not made "much progress".
During the hearing, the lawyer representing Singh argued that the mediation process is "unlikely to bring about any positive results" and that it is "not working". The lawyer added that it was "difficult" to find a solution to Ayodhya dispute by way of mediation.
Rajiv Dhawan, lawyer representing Muslim parties, strongly countered this claim and said that "unhappy" parties want to scrap the mediation process right when "very serious" efforts to resolve the issue were on. He accused these parties of intimidation.
The plea filed by Rajendra Singh also urged Supreme Court to hear petitions filed against the judgment of Allahabad High Court passed in 2010.
The verdict divided 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya equally among three parties- the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.