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SC orders mediation in Ayodhya title dispute, appoints panel

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 8 March 2019, 13:42 IST
Ram-Mandir Babri case

The Supreme Court has today ordered a mediation in the Ram-Mandir, Babri Masjid land dispute and it will take place in Ayodhya itslef. The Supreme Court has also appointed 3 members as the panel to mediate.

Justice Khaliifulah (Retd) to be the chairman, for court appointed and monitored mediation for a “permanent solution”. 

News agency ANI tweeted, "Supreme Court says mediation proceedings should be held on-camera. Mediation process will be held in Faizabad. It will be headed by Justice FM Kaliifullah and also comprise Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu."

The member of the panel for mediation includes, former Supreme Court judge Kalifulla, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Madras Lawyer Shriram Panchu.


Barring the media the apex court has held, "the reporting of the mediation proceedings in media will be banned."

CJI Ranjan Gogoi, in its verdict said, "Court monitored mediation proceedings will be confidential."

Although, the bone of contention lied in the fact that most of the parties involved were not in the favour of a mediation except the apex court, which under the five-judge bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had said, “the case was not about property, but "mind, heart and healing, if possible.”

Earlier, Justice SA Bobde, who commented upon the demands of no mediation in the matter, held that “You are looking into outcome even before mediation is attempted.”

The advocate CS Vaidyanathan, who represents the party of Ram Lalla in the matter, had earlier said that there were many attempts to solve the issue amicably but it had falied at every juncture. Suggesting an alternative for the mosque to be build, Vaidyanathan said, “We are ready to crowd fund the construction of a mosque elsewhere.”

Also read: Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case: SC to decide on mediation in Ayodhya matter today

First published: 8 March 2019, 10:48 IST