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Babri Mosque dispute: SC for amicable settlement, CJI offers to mediate; Muslim lawyer wants answer to 5 questions

The Supreme Court on Tuesday suggested a negotiated settlement to the Babri masjid-Ram janmabhomi dispute. Following which the Chief Justice of India even offering to act as a mediator between the two sides.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar told BJP lawmaker Subramanian Swamy that sensitive issues are best settled through negotiations. “If the parties want me to sit between mediators chosen by both sides for negotiations, I am ready,” he said, adding that if required the court can also choose a principal negotiator for finding a solution.

Reacting on the development, Shehzad Poonawalla wrote: a) Who will mediation take place between? BJP/Sangh and VHP should have no locus as they were not involved in original case.

“b) What about previous failed attempts at mediation?

“c) Can mediation replace question on legal rights and claims.

“d) What about legal penalty on those involved in bringing down Babri Masjid & riots after that? Those are crimes and cannot be settled through mediation

“e) Will all parties be agreeable to have a hospital or school that caters to Hindus and Muslims?

“If this is not possible, then let legal process continue rather than make communities fight in name of mediation.

Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma to CNN-News18: “Welcome the CJI observation. Hopeful that other parties to the title suit will also agree, irrespective of their religion. Over 150 crore already alloted by the Union Government for the ram circuit. So hopefully Ram Mandir will be built very soon.”

“It’s a welcome step by the Supreme Court, the matter I believe can be resolved out of court: Uma Bharti on SC Ayodhya matter ANI (@ANI_news).”

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