The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has alleged that All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and Babri panel litigants are resorting to ‘delaying tactics’ in the Supreme Court to impede a settlement and eventual construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya.
A Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi directed the mediation committee to submit its progress report by July 18. The mediation committee has three members – former SC judge FMI Kalifulla spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Shriram Panchu.
Speaking to Indus Scrolls VHP spokesperson Vinod Bansal said, “Our fears about the mediation panel is becoming true. We have always said it was a futile exercise and would serve only one purpose of delaying the resolution of the dispute. Muslim litigants have used delaying tactics to prevent an amicable solution to the dispute. They first complained that documents pertaining to the case were in various languages and needed to be translated to English for their perusal. They had objections to the size of the Supreme Court bench as well as the constitution of its members. We hope daily hearing of the case is the best way to resolve the issue. We hope that the apex court will soon deliver its judgement.”
Upset with the slow progress of the mediation panel, a Hindu group on July 9 through an urgent plea sought scrapping of the panel. The plea was filed by Rajendra Singh, survivor of Gopal Singh Visharad, who had filed a title suit in the year 1950.
The panel had earlier been set the deadline of August 15 to submit its report.