New Delhi: The Supreme Court, on Friday, to find a solution to the long-standing Ayodhya’s Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri masjid land-dispute case, ordered meditation. This mediation will be held in Uttar Pradesh’s Faizabad district. Former Supreme Court judge Justice FMI Kalifulla will head a panel of mediators in the case. Other members of the mediation panel are Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu.
The five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has asked for the progress report in the matter in four weeks and complete the talks in eight weeks.
The bench has asked the panel of meditators in case of any difficulty to co-opt more members. The media will be prohibited from publishing proceedings of the mediation process.
The Supreme Court bench said, “We do not find any legal impediment in referring the matter to mediation,” adding that “utmost confidentiality” should be maintained to ensure the success of mediation proceedings.
The suggestion for meditation came from the bench on February 26, when it took up the appeals against the September 30, 2010 verdict of the Allahabad high court.