BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra iad, “The Supreme Court has called for an out-of-court settlement between the aggrieved parties. The parties should resolve the issue amicably by talking to each other. We welcome this step and I believe they should have talks outside the court.”
A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said that such religious issues can be solved through negotiations and offered to mediate to arrive at an amicable settlement.
Reacting on the apex court’s mediation offer, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said that the times for negotiations are now over. But, AIMPLB is ready to cooperate with the Supreme Court if the chief justice is ready to mediate. Zafaryab Jilani, member of the AIMPLB said, “We are also ready to cooperate. But there can be no private negotiation in the case.”
Babri Masjid Action committee convener Jafaryab Jilani, who is also the advocate in the case said.
“Attempts for out of court settlement have failed so far. We don’t see any possibility of such a move. But if CJI is willing to monitor, then we are ok to it because it will come with some legal sanctity. It will not be like an agreement between 2 parties which is void of any legal status. We will convey our opinion to court. We also demand a day to day hearing of the case. Don’t feel Supreme Court is under any political influence”
Three-time member Parliament and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi hoped that Supreme Court will also decide the Contempt petition which is pending since the demolition of the Masjid in 1992.