The Supreme Court of India has expressed its preference for an amicable solution to Ayodhya land dispute through mediation. The Constitution bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi on February 25 referred to Section 89 of the Civil Procedure Code, under which mediation process could be initiated.
Justice SA Bobde said that since the disputed (Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid) land is not a private property, mediation should be given a try even if there is one percent chance. “We may decide a property dispute but we are thinking more about healing relationships,” he said.
Besides Muslim petitioners, Nirmohi Akhara also expressed its willingness for mediation. Hindu petitioners, however, were apprehensive of it as earlier attempts had failed to resolve the issue.
The Constitution Bench decided to reassemble Tuesday next, on March 5, to pass its final order on mediation of the title dispute.