Supreme Court Orders Mediation In Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Dispute

The Supreme Court ordered mediation in the 60 year old Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case.

A court monitored and appointed mediation committee will look for a “permanent solution”.

A three member mediation committee was set up. Retired Justice Khaliifulah will to be the chairman of the mediation committee, the other two members are senior lawyer Shriram Panchu and spiritual guru  Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

The top court said that the dispute is not an issue of land but one of “sentiment and faith”.

The mediation proceedings will be held on-camera and the mediation process will be held in Faizabad, the Uttar Pradesh state government was required to make all necessary arrangements for the mediation. The court strictly said the reportage of the mediation proceedings is banned.

The status report of the mediation has to be submitted within four weeks.

The Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi made it clear by saying the “court monitored mediation proceedings will be confidential.”

The mediation committee can approach the Supreme Court for legal assistance whenever required during the time of the mediation.