Ayodhya case: SC says arguments to end by Oct 18, mediation option open

The bench said day-to-day proceedings in the case have reached an advanced stage

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Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday announced arguments in the Ayodhya dispute hearings in the Supreme Court would have to be completed by October 18.

Gogoi noted, “As per the estimate of tentative dates to finish the hearing in the case, we can say that the submissions have to be likely completed by October 18.” Gogoi is heading the five-member bench hearing submissions from the various parties to the Ayodhya dispute who had filed pleas against the order of the Allahabad High Court of 2010.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday also said it was open to the idea of the parties to the Ayodhya dispute attempting to resolve the matter through mediation. In early August, Gogoi had announced attempts at mediation by a three-member panel had failed and the Ayodhya dispute would be heard by the Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court bench said it had received a letter from former Supreme Court justice F.M.I. Kalifulla, who was heading the three-member mediation panel, saying some parties have written to him for resumption of the mediation process.

The bench said the day-to-day proceedings in the land dispute case have reached "an advanced stage" and will continue.

The Supreme Court, however, said the mediation process under the chairmanship of justice Kalifulla can still continue and proceedings before it will remain confidential.