Ayodhya case: Hashim Ansari, Mahant Das discuss proposal for out-of-court settlement


A ray of hope has emerged for an out-of-court settlement in the 65-year-old Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case.

Hashim Ansari, the oldest litigant in the Ayodhya shrine dispute, met Akhara Parishad chief Mahant Gyan Das on Monday and hoped for a mutual solution to the contentious issue.

The main litigants in Babri Masjid case, Ansari and Das, met to discuss a new proposal for the resolution of the Ayodhya dispute and they plan to put it before the Supreme Court.

The formula for an out-of-court settlement broadly talks about the 70 acres of disputed premises accommodating both mosque and temple with a partition wall which will be 100 feet high, according to Gyan Das, who is chief priest of Ayodhya’s famous Hanuman Garhi temple.

The negotiation process, which started after the September 30, 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict on Ayodhya issue, was largely being supported by a cross section of the civil society and religious leaders from both the communities.

Ansari said, “After the draft is finalised, we will get it signed by all the top religious leaders from both the communities who are supporting our cause since the beginning, before submitting it in the Supreme Court.”

However, the negotiation draft will be made public only after it is submitted to the Supreme Court, he said.

It is being reported that Ansari and Das will soon draw a proposal for an out-of-court settlement and will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and seek his cooperation to end the dispute.

Speaking to a leading newspaper, Das said that the proposal has already been discussed with many Hindu organistaions and spiritual leaders who have given their consent to such an understanding.

Das said they were opposed to VHP’s “stand that the mosque should be built out of ‘panch kosi parikrama’ boundary of Ayodhya”.

Meanwhile, Eidgah Imam Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali today said that all want a peaceful solution to this case, but a positive result has never come out.