SC suggests out-of-court settlement of Ayodhya dispute


New Delhi: The Ram temple in Ayodhya is a “sensitive”, “sentimental issue” and should be sorted outside court through discussion, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday.

The top court said it would step in only if the matter can’t be resolved through talks.

“It is an issue of sentiment and religion. First sit together and sort out.  Both sides employ moderators and hold meetings,” said Chief Justice JS Khehar, while hearing an urgent appeal from senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.

Swamy had requested the top court to take up an appeal to build the Ram Mandir, which has been pending before it for six years.

In 2010, the Supreme Court had put a freeze on a judgment by the Allahabad High Court. The matter has been pending since.

The proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya has been one of the most controversial and divisive issues over the last 25 years.

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