Supreme Court refers Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case for mediation

The Supreme Court today referred the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case for court appointed and monitored mediation for a “permanent solution”.

Written by March 8, 2019 10:41

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today referred the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case for court appointed and monitored mediation for a “permanent solution”.

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Justice Khaliifulah (Retd) to be the chairman, for court appointed and monitored mediation for a “permanent solution”

Supreme Court said, mediation proceedings should be held on-camera. Mediation process will be held in Faizabad. It will be headed by Justice FM Kaliifullah and also comprise Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu.

Supreme Court in its order also said that the reporting of the mediation proceedings in media will be banned.

CJI Ranjan Gogoi said, “Court monitored mediation proceedings will be confidential.”

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During the hearing, the court observed that the issue is primarily not about the disputed 2.77 acres of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya, but about religious sentiments. The bench said it could only decide on the property and what it was looking at was “a possibility of healing relationships.”

The Supreme Court also said that the mediation process has to start within four weeks and to be completed within eight weeks.

The apex court said that mediators can co-opt more on the panel if necessary. Uttar Pradesh government to provide mediators all the facilities in Faizabad. Mediators can seek further legal assistance as and when required.