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Ayodhya land dispute case: Not concerned about what Babur did, need to go into what exists at present, says Supreme Court

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

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 06, 2019, 12.09 PM (IST)

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

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the case was not only about the property but also about sentiment and faith.

"It is not only about the property. It is about mind, heart and healing, if possible," the bench also comprising Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer said.

"We are not concerned about what Mughal ruler Babur had done and what happened after. We can go into what exists in the present moment," the bench said.

The apex court is considering whether the dispute can be settled through mediation.

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. 

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.

(With inputs from PTI)

Story highlights

The Supreme Court Wednesday said it was conscious of the gravity of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute and the outcome of mediation on the body politic of the country.