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The court had earlier granted more time to the mediation committee to reach an amicable solution in the case
The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed a plaintiff to file an application seeking an early hearing in the Ram Mandir-Babri mosque title dispute case. The plaintiff Gopal Singh Visharad moved India's top court claiming that not much progress has been made in the court-ordered mediation process in the case.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi agreed to consider the matter and allowed the plaintiff to file an application.
In order to resolve the title dispute case, the court had appointed a mediation panel headed by former Supreme Court judge FM Khalifullah along with spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sri Ram Panchu. While forming the panel, the court had asked the mediation panel to maintain utmost confidentiality and disallowed media from reporting the panel proceedings.
The court had earlier granted more time to the mediation committee to reach an amicable solution in the case. The court extended the deadline till August 15 for the mediation panel to help solve the dispute at Ayodhya.
The mediation is taking place at Faizabad, close to Ayodhya.
The court had said the mediators will be at liberty to co-opt other members of the panel if needed and seek further legal assistance as and when required. The mediation process must be completed in eight weeks, it further said.