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SC calls for out-of-court settlement

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NEW DELHI, March 21 - The Supreme Court today suggested an out-of-court settlement of the lingering Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya, observing that issues of �religion and sentiments� can be best resolved through talks.

Chief Justice JS Khehar also offered to mediate even as the bench headed by him suggested that the parties to the dispute adopt a �give a bit and take a bit� approach for a meaningful and sincere negotiations to resolve the vexatious issue.

The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court, in 2010, had ruled for a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres area at the site in Uttar Pradesh.

The three-judge bench, by a majority of 2:1, had said the land be partitioned equally among three parties, Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and the �Ram Lalla� (nascent Lord Ram).

The apex court said that such religious issues can be best resolved through negotiations.

�These are issues of religion and sentiments. These are issues where all the parties can sit together and arrive at a consensual decision to end the dispute. These issues are best decided jointly. All of you may sit together and hold a cordial meeting,� the bench, also comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and SK Kaul, said.

The observations were made after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy mentioned the matter seeking urgent hearing, saying that it has been over six years after the High Court decided the civil appeal and that it needed to be heard at the earliest.

The BJP Parliamentarian told the court that he had approached the Muslim community members who favoured judicial decision in the contentious matter.

�You (Swamy) must make fresh attempts to arrive at a consensual decision. If required, you must choose a mediator to end the dispute. If the parties wants me (CJI) to sit with mediators chosen by both the sides for negotiations, I am ready to take up the task.

�Even the services of my brother judges can be availed for the purpose,� the CJI said.

The top court said that it may also appoint the principal negotiator if the parties want and asked Swamy to consult the parties and inform it about their decision on amicable resolution of the matter on March 31. � PTI

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SC calls for out-of-court settlement

NEW DELHI, March 21 - The Supreme Court today suggested an out-of-court settlement of the lingering Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya, observing that issues of �religion and sentiments� can be best resolved through talks.

Chief Justice JS Khehar also offered to mediate even as the bench headed by him suggested that the parties to the dispute adopt a �give a bit and take a bit� approach for a meaningful and sincere negotiations to resolve the vexatious issue.

The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court, in 2010, had ruled for a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres area at the site in Uttar Pradesh.

The three-judge bench, by a majority of 2:1, had said the land be partitioned equally among three parties, Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and the �Ram Lalla� (nascent Lord Ram).

The apex court said that such religious issues can be best resolved through negotiations.

�These are issues of religion and sentiments. These are issues where all the parties can sit together and arrive at a consensual decision to end the dispute. These issues are best decided jointly. All of you may sit together and hold a cordial meeting,� the bench, also comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and SK Kaul, said.

The observations were made after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy mentioned the matter seeking urgent hearing, saying that it has been over six years after the High Court decided the civil appeal and that it needed to be heard at the earliest.

The BJP Parliamentarian told the court that he had approached the Muslim community members who favoured judicial decision in the contentious matter.

�You (Swamy) must make fresh attempts to arrive at a consensual decision. If required, you must choose a mediator to end the dispute. If the parties wants me (CJI) to sit with mediators chosen by both the sides for negotiations, I am ready to take up the task.

�Even the services of my brother judges can be availed for the purpose,� the CJI said.

The top court said that it may also appoint the principal negotiator if the parties want and asked Swamy to consult the parties and inform it about their decision on amicable resolution of the matter on March 31. � PTI