Ayodhya Dispute Continues: SC orders Mediation, Names Sri Sri Ravi Shankar 3rd Member Of Panel

Supreme Court on Wednesday gave another judgement in the landmark Ram JanmaBhoomi case.It stated that the Ayodhya case will be referred for mediation.

A Supreme Court Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer ordered for the  Ayodhya mediation on 8th March and the bench will be headed by retired SC judge FMI Kalifulla along with spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and mediator expert Senior Advocate Sriram Panchu. It required more members can be inducted to the committee and a judicial order shall be the last resort.

"Mediation will take place. We don't see any legal obstruction to it," said the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi as he delivered the order, also adding that the proceeding of the mediation would remain confidential.

Respecting everyone, turning dreams to reality, ending long-standing conflicts happily and maintaining harmony in society - we must all move together towards these goals.#ayodhyamediation

 The spiritual guru tweeted soon after the SC order on Ayodhya on inducting him for Ayodhya mediation.

Ayodhya dispute is a political, social and religious disputes involving a 2.77 acre land in the Ayodhya district of Uttar Pradesh. The land is regarded as Hindu deity Rama’s birthplace and Babri Masjid was built on it after destroying a Hindu temple.

Babri Masjid was destroyed in 1992 when a political rally turned into a riot. Soon after a case was lodged in the Allahabad High Court. After Allahabad High Court gave its verdict in 2010, Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha and Sunni Waqf Board moved to SC challenging the verdict.

On March 6 this year SC ordered for the mediation in the case hoping to find a permanent solution for the matter. The proceedings of the case will be held in-camera and the details will remain confidential, given the sensitivity of the matter. The proceeding will be held in Faizabad and will start from March 15. The SC has provided a time period of eight weeks to the mediation bench and has ordered them to be effective in their judgement. The first status report is to be submitted within four weeks. Besides, the SC said that mediators can co-opt more on the panel if necessary, directing the Uttar Pradesh government to provide the mediators with all the facilities in Faizabad. The mediators can seek further legal assistance as and when required, the top court added. Head of the mediation committee Justice(Retd) FMI Kalifulla said the bench will take all the efforts to resolve the issue amicably. Whereas spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar tweeted “Respecting everyone, turning dreams to reality, ending long-standing conflicts happily and maintaining harmony in society-we must all move together towards these goals.

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