New Delhi: The Supreme Court, on Friday, granted the three-member mediation committee time until August 15 to continue with its efforts to resolve the prolonged Ayodhya dispute through mediation among the parties.
After receiving a report on May 7 by the committee headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice FM Ibrahim Kalifulla “indicating the progress made in mediation proceedings,” a five-judge bench, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, said, “We do not want to short-circuit the mediation process. We will extend the time in order to enable the committee to complete the task assigned to it.”
The committee, comprising Justice Kalifulla, spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, has held several rounds of mediation with the stakeholders in Faizabad district of Uttar Pradesh and the mediation proceedings were held in camera with “utmost confidentiality so as to ensure its success.”
The top court had set up the mediation panel on March 8 and set an eight-week deadline to complete the process.
The bench also allowed the parties to file their objections, if any, to the translations of the various documents which is being undertaken by the Supreme Court registry.