A bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar said that such religious issues can be solved through negotiations and offered to mediate to arrive at an amicable settlement.
“These are issues of religion and sentiments. These are issues where all the parties can sit together and arrive at a consensual decision to end the dispute. All of you may sit together and hold a cordial meeting,” the bench, also comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and SK Kaul, said.
The observations came after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy mentioned the matter seeking urgent hearing of the issue.
Swamy said that it has been over six years and the matter needed to be heard at the earliest.
“You must make fresh attempts to arrive at a consensual decision. If required, you must choose a moderator to end the dispute. If the parties want me to sit with mediators chosen by both the sides for negotiations, I am ready to take up the task. Even the services of my brother judges can be availed for the purpose,” the CJI said.
The bench then asked Swamy to consult the parties and inform it about the decision on March 31.
Muslim outfits sceptical on idea
Muslim organisations, including Babri Masjid Action Committee were on Tuesday sceptical about the Supreme Court’s suggestion for talks to resolve the Ayodhya dispute, saying attempts at out-of-court settlement in the past have been unsuccessful.
RSS welcomes suggestion
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) welcomed the Supreme Court suggestion to seek an ‘outof-court settlement’ over the Ram Janmabhoomi issue, RSS National Joint General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale said in Coimbatore on Tuesday.
Addressing journalists on the last day of the three-day RSS national council meet, he said that RSS was not a party in the case and that other outfits are appearing in court on behalf of the Hindu society.
“Saints, sages, Matadiskhas of the Hindu society and Dharma Sansad of the VHP should take a decision on how to pursue it (the case). We (RSS) will support their stand,” he said.
SOLUTION IN SITE
- The Ayodhya dispute case has been pending before the Supreme Court for six years.
- The Supreme Court directed the parties concerned to hold discussions to find a solution.
- The court directed Subramanian Swamy to consult the parties and report back to it on March 31.