Ayodhya mediation fails, Supreme Court to go for daily hearings

The mediation process in the Ayodhya temple-mosque case has failed to evolve any solution, the Supreme Court said on Friday, declaring daily hearings from August 6 in the decades-old dispute, reported NDTV.

“Mediation didn’t result in any kind of settlement,” said Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in a six-minute hearing.

The panel on Thursday submitted its report in a sealed cover about the progress made in the in-camera mediation proceedings.

Sources said the three-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court to consult with various groups and discuss a solution to the dispute “did its best to arrive at a consensus”, but “some parties” did not agree to the mediation.

The Supreme Court had given the panel, which was set up earlier this year, time till Thursday to submit its report. A decision on the case has to come before November 17, when the Chief Justice retires.

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by the Chief Justice had, on July 11, sought an update on the mediation and said they could start day-to-day hearings from July 25 if there was no merit in continuing the process. The panel had been granted time till August 15 but the court, acting on the request of one of the litigants, said it would decide whether mediation should continue

Earlier, Supreme court said that the case will be heard in an open court on August 2 and the final report is to be submitted by July 31

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