NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday pushed for an "amicable settlement" of the Ayodhya Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute. Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar offered to act as a mediator instead of hearing the matter on the judicial side. He also suggested Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul as a mediator.
"Any person of your choice. You want me to mediate (but) I will not hear (on judicial side), CJI Khehar told Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy. "You want my brother (Judge). There are issues. You all sit together across the table and decide."
The SC bench, which included Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Kaul besides CJI Khehar, was responding to Swamy's request for constituting a bench to hear a batch of petitions challenging a 2010 Allahabad High Court order. It was not a judicial order, but an offer by the CJI, reported News18.
The judges were of the opinion that such a negotiated settlement would be better than a judicial pronouncement. Calling it an issue of "sentiment", the CJI suggested that moderators from both side should sit together and sort it out.
The 2010 order said that there should be a partition of the Ayodhya land between the parties to the dispute.
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