Tag: Babri Masjid

Ayodhya case: Mediation panel gets time till August 15 to find solution

A prototype of Ram Mandir

The three-member mediation committee has been granted time till August 15 to find an amicable and lasting solution to the land dispute at the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. The Supreme Court on May 10 accepted the request by the committee to extend the time.

The apex court had constituted the mediation panel, comprising former SC judge FMI Kalifulla, spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu on March 8. The panel was tasked to mediate between disputing parties and submit the first status report in four weeks’ time. And the panel reportedly submitted the interim report on May 6. And the matter was listed for hearing for the first time on May 10 after the panel was constituted.

During hearing, the five-judge Constitution bench comprising Chief justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer expressed satisfaction at the way the panel is conducting mediation, while one of the parties, Nirmohi Akhara complained that no mutual discussions among parties were taking place.

In 2010, Allahabad High Court had delivered a judgement equally dividing the disputed land measuring 2.77 acres between three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. However, none of them found the judgement satisfactory. Since then, there were several mediation attempts, but they could make little headway in resolving the issue.

The 2.77 acre land previously had “Babri Masjid”, constructed in the 16th century by Shia Muslim Mir Baqi, reportedly over an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ram. The masjid was demolished on December 6, 1992 by workers belonging to Hindu organisations.

The 2010 Allahabad High Court judgement was based on archaeological findings that there was indeed a Hindu temple at the disputed site.


FIR filed against Pragya Thakur over her claim about Babri demolition


Sadhvi Pragya Thakur

Bhopal: Sadhvi Pragya Thakur’s claim over her involvement in the destruction of Babri Masjid has apparently landed her the soup, as Madhya Pradesh police on April 21 filed an FIR against her.

The BJP candidate for the Bhopal parliamentary constituency, Sadhvi Pragya made a few controversial statements last week. Two of them also attracted notice from the Election Commission.

In one such statement, she said: “We removed a blot from the nation…. I climbed atop the structure and broke it and I feel extremely proud that God gave me this opportunity. We will ensure that a Ram Temple is built at that place”. The structure was pulled down in December 1992.

In her reply to the EC’s notice Sadhvi Pragya asked if the EC should take note of her statement made when she had not yet filed her nomination. She also said she had no intention to hurt the feelings or create rift between people of different castes and communities. However, Bhopal district election officer Sudam Khade found her answer unsatisfactory.

The FIR filed under IPC Section 188 (for poll code vilation) can lead to a jail term of six months, or fine, or both, if found guilty.