Thereafter, SC began daily hearings in the case from August 6.
Mediation can continue but it will remain confidential: SC
On mediation, the bench said it can continue if the parties want to. The proceedings, like earlier, will remain confidential.
The bench arrived at this conclusion after the panel submitted a memorandum seeking directions on what it should do about the letters it received.
Apparently, the Sunni Waqf Board and Nirvani Akhara want the mediation to restart.
Hearing is at an advanced stage, won't stop: CJI Gogoi
"The hearing is at an advanced stage, it will continue. But parties are free to resort to mediation simultaneously, to resolve the dispute," commented CJI Gogoi. If there is any settlement, the panel will put it in front of the bench.
CJI Gogoi set a deadline for October
Notably, all the Hindu parties finished their arguments in 16 days, and the Muslim side is yet to do so. SC has asked all the parties to submit a schedule for their arguments.
"Let's make an effort to conclude the same by October 18," CJI Gogoi said, adding that if needed court will have special hearings on Saturdays, or dedicate one more hour everyday.
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CJI Gogoi might sign verdict before he retires
Interestingly, CJI Gogoi retires on November 17. If the hearings conclude by the aforementioned date, the bench will have a month to frame its verdict. In case the hearings don't end, the entire process will have to be restarted after CJI Gogoi exits the office.