The Supreme Court on Friday ordered for a 3-member mediation panel in the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land in Ayodhya case.
The five member SC judge bench presided by CJI Ranjan Gogoi formed a mediation panel to clear the issue. The 3-member panel will be headed by retired SC judge Justice F M Kalifullah, spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu.
The SC bench said, “We do not find any legal impediment in referring the matter to mediation.”
The mediation panel will conduct the mediation process in the case next week in Faizabad and the top court has asked the Uttar Pradesh state to make necessary arrangements.
The Supreme Court bench has asked to maintain “utmost confidentiality” in the proceedings and has given a time frame of 8 weeks.
The apex court has ordered to submit the first status report in four weeks time. The media is to be kept out of bounds in this sensitive issue.
While the mediation panel member Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had earlier pressed for an out-of-court settlement solution for the disputed land.
The Supreme Court opined the case being inclined to religious sentiments rather than the distribution of the 2.77 acre land.
The apex court bench has also set any irregularities or disturbances in the mediation procedure will regress the case to the Supreme Court registry.
Meanwhile, the Hindu petitioners in the case have refrained in the merit of mediation panel but the Muslim petitioners have shown confidence in the SC’s order.