The Supreme Court stated today that the mediation method in the case of the Ayodhya temple-mosque has failed to develop any alternative, in the decades-old conflict declared regular hearings of August 6.
Sources said the Supreme Court's three-member committee appointed to consult with different organizations and discuss a solution to the conflict "had done its utmost to reach consensus," but "some sides" did not agree to mediate.
The Supreme Court had provided time till Thursday to send its report to the committee that was set up previously this year. A decision on the case must come before the Chief Justice's retirement on November 17.
On July 11, a five-judge constitutional committee led by the Chief Justice requested an update on the mediation and said that if there was no merit in continuing the process, they could begin daily hearings on July 25. Time had been given to the board until 15th August, but the tribunal, acting on one of the candidate ' requests, said it would discuss whether mediation should proceed.
In spite of objections from petitioners such as the Uttar Pradesh government, the Constitution bench had chosen mediation. Barring the Sunni Waqf Board and one of the Hindu petitioners, Nirmohi Akhara, were all opposed to mediation. But the judges said mediation could assist with "healing relationships."
Gopal Singh Visharad, a legal heir to one of the initial litigants, had asked that the mediation process be discontinued on the basis that there was no result of this issue.