Ayodhya dispute case: Resolve issue amicably, says Supreme Court

The court asked him to consult the parties and inform it about the decision on March 31.

The BJP, however, welcomed the top court's decision, calling it the best way to resolve a long-pending dispute.

"We have been ready from the start for the construction of both Mandir and Masjid at the site, but the Masjid should be constructed across the river", Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy, who is a petitioner in the case, told the media after the hearing. Swamy had sought an urgent hearing of 1992 Babri Masjid demolition in Supreme Court. "We welcome this step and believe there should be talks outside the court as well", Sambit Patra, BJP spokesperson told reporters.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that the Ayodhya dispute must be settled amicably and all parties must hold discussion out of court to find an amicable solution to the issue which is both sensitive and sentimental issue. Hindus allege that Babri Masjid was built demolishing Ram Mandir at the Ram Janma Bhoomi.

Saying that negotiated settlement between the parties to the dispute was the best course, Chief Justice Khehar offered to act as a mediator provided that he would not hear the matter on the judicial side. This has to be dealt in the court itself.

On February 26 previous year, the apex court had allowed Swamy to intervene in the pending matters relating to the Ayodhya title dispute with his plea seeking construction of Ram temple at the site of the demolished disputed structure.

The matter has been pending since 2010, when the Supreme Court had put a freeze on a judgment by the Allahabad High Court. Subsequently, the Supreme Court had stayed the implementation of the High Court's decision soon after. The case has been pending since then.

Swamy said that the Ramjanmabhoomi in Ayodhya should be used only to construct a Ram temple.

  • Leroy Wright