November 20, 2019 | 5:22 PM IST
Ayodhya case

Ayodhya case: Muslim parties give up claim on disputed land to construct Ram Mandir

After the Supreme Court concluded the daily hearings in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title case on Wednesday, the mediation panel gave up their claim on the disputed land paving way for the construction of Ram Mandir. The mediation panel, appointed by the court, is headed by retired Justice FMI Kalifulla and comprises Senior Advocate Sriram Panchu and Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. 

The panel also submitted its settlement proposal before the court which seeks implementation of 1991 law which states the status quo for all places of worship that existed on August 15, 1947, repair work of all other mosques in Ayodhya and construction of a mosque at an alternative site by the Waqf Board. 

Parties that signed the settlement included the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirvani Akhara, the Hindu Mahasabha and the Ram Janmasthan Punarudhar Samiti. However, VHP-backed Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, Ram Lalla Deity and Jamiat Ulema did not participate in the negotiations. 

Sources reveal that the Nyas feels it would be better if the court decides the ruling in their favour which would close the matter once and for all rather than going in for settlement.

After the conclusion of the 40-day hearing on the disputed 2.77-acre land, the bench of five judges, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, has also directed the respective parties to file submissions on the ‘moulding of relief’ or narrowing down the issues within three days.

The verdict in the politically sensitive case is expected to be delivered before CJI Gogoi demits office on November 17.

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