Mediation fails, SC to start day-to-day hearing on Ayodhya

Varanasi: Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar during his visit to the�Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, on April 1, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

New Delhi:  The Supreme Court on Friday ordered day-to-day hearing on the Ayodhya dispute from August 6 as a committee appointed to mediate the vexed issue failed to reach any conclusion.

In a packed courtroom, a Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said: “The mediation has not resulted in a final settlement of the dispute. Therefore, the court will start the day-to-day hearing from August 6.”

Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who represents a Muslim litigant, said his client opposed BJP MP Subramanian Swamy’s writ petition emphasizing speeding up the trial.

Dhavan sought a firm reply from the judges on the fate of this writ. The court replied: “We will see to it.”

Dhavan said he would probably require 20 days to complete the arguments on the matter and appealed to the court that the length of his argument should not be cut. The court replied: “We will see to it.”

The Constitution bench refused to defer hearing, saying it would deal with Dhavan’s objections during the hearing.