The Supreme Court today (February 26, 2019) while hearing the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri dispute suggested the parties to resolve the matter through mediation stating that it is not only thinking about the ownership of land but also about healing relationships.
The matter was heard by the Constitution Bench
comprising of Chief Justice of IndiaRanjan Gogoi
and JusticesS.A. Bobde, D.Y. Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan
and Abdul Nazeer
. The hearing didn’t commence as the parties were in disagreement over the veracity of translation of records prepared by the UP government. Earlier, the CJI had made it clear that the hearing will commence only if parties accept the translations prepared by the UP Government as authentic.
The report submitted by the Secretary General to the court indicated that the records ran into nearly 38,000 pages, in the languages of English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu and Gurumukhi. While Senior Advocate C.S. Vaidyanathan, appearing for Hindu parties, endorsed the authenticity of translations, Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhawan, appearing for Sunni Waqf Board, objected. "We have not got the opportunity to examine the translations prepared by UP Government,” he said. Further, the Bench asked the parties to explore mediation as an option to settle the dispute. The idea was welcomed by advocate Dhawan. “If Your Lordships want to try it, I won’t oppose it,” he said. However, advocate C.S. Vaidyanathan objected to the idea. To which CJI assured that “We will do nothing against your wish.” The Bench then directed the parties to examine translated documents and point out objections, agreements with the translated documents within six weeks. The matter will be next heard on March 5, 2019, when the Bench is likely to pass order on whether matter should be referred for mediation.