The Supreme Court has sought a fresh status report on the mediation proceedings in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Ayodhya land dispute case within a week and made it clear that if the issue was not resolved amicably, it would hear the matter on a day-to-day basis from July 25.
A five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, requested former apex court judge Justice (Retd) F M I Kalifulla, chairperson of the three-member mediation panel, to submit the report by July 18.
The bench said after perusing the report, if it came to a conclusion that an amicable solution through mediation was not possible, and then the apex court would commence day-to-day hearing from July 25.
'We deem it proper to request Justice (retd) F M I Kalifulla to inform us about the progress of mediation till date and the stage at which the said process is presently at,' the bench, also comprising Mr. Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, said.
'This report will be submitted by Justice Kalifulla latest by Thursday next, on which date further orders will be passed,' the bench said.