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Ayodhya land dispute case: Can't undo past, can only look into present, says Supreme Court

File photo of Supreme Court of India. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 06, 2019, 11.57 AM (IST)

The Supreme Court today is hearing arguments from all the parties concerned to decide whether the crucial Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya can be settled through mediation. 

“We have no control over what happened in the past, who invaded, who was the king, temple or mosque. We know about the present dispute. We are concerned only about resolving the dispute," said Justice SA Bobde during the hearing.

Justice SA Bobde proposed a restrained media reportage of the case proceedings, added, “When the mediation is on, it should not be reported on. It may not be a gag, but no motive should be attributed to anyone when the mediation process is on.”

When the mediation is on, it should not be reported on. It may not be a gag, but no motive should be attributed to anyone when the mediation process is on," said the Constitution bench. 

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had asked the contesting parties to explore the possibility of amicably settling the decades-old dispute through mediation, saying it may help in "healing relations".

The other judges of the bench are Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer.

The top court on February 26 had said it would pass an order on March 6 on whether to refer the matter to a court-appointed mediator.

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The top court on February 26 had said it would pass an order on March 6 on whether to refer the matter to a court-appointed mediator.