SC sets August 15 as deadline for 3-member Ayodhya mediation panel

The Chief Justice of India said, 'we are not going to tell you what progress has been made, that's confidential'.

New Delhi: The 3-member Ayodhya mediation panel which was asked to explore the possibilities of an amicable settlement on the issue has been given time August 15 to find a solution.

“We’re not going to tell you what progress has been made, that are confidential,” Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said during the hearing on Friday.

"If the mediators are optimistic about the result and are seeking time till August 15, what is the harm in granting time? This issue has been pending for years and years. Why should we not grant time," the bench said.

The top court has allowed parties to raise objections before panel till June 30.

Read: SC orders court-monitored mediation in Ayodhya dispute, forms 3 member panel

The counsel appearing for both the Hindu and Muslim parties expressed confidence over the ongoing mediation proceedings and said they are fully cooperating with the process.

The constitution bench was led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. The other members of the bench were Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer.

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