The Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi has insisted that all arguments in the Ayodhya land dispute case should be completed by October 18. On Thursday, the 32nd hearing in the case by Supreme Court bench, CJI Gogoi said that all parties have 10-and-a-half days to finish this job. CJI Gogoi, who is set to leave office on November 17, also said "it will be a miracle" if the court is able to deliver the verdict is in four weeks.
The Constitution bench, headed by CJI Gogoi and also comprising of Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, has been hearing the Ayodhya land dispute case for 32 days after starting day-to-day hearing on August 6.
The Supreme Court bench also said arguments should be completed taking into consideration the Dussehra vacation of a week. Supreme Court will be on vacation from October 5 to October 13. However, the bench had last week also offered to work on Saturdays and Sundyas to complete hearings in the case.
While setting the October 18 deadline, the Supreme Court also kept the mediation channels open and said the stakeholders are free to find an amicable solution through mediation, if they want, and place the settlement before the court.