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Ayodhya Case: SC Appoints 3 Member Committee Including Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, FMI Khalifulla & Shriram Panchu For Mediation

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| March 8 , 2019 , 11:18 IST

The decades-old Ram Janmabhoomi dispute will be settled through mediation, the Supreme Court said on Friday.SC also ordered the formation of a three-member mediation committee including senior lawyer Shriram Panchu, Justice FMI Khalifulla, and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

The chairperson of the committee will be Justice FMI Khalifulla. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi in its order also said that the reporting of the mediation proceedings in media will be banned.

Both parties have been directed to maintain the utmost confidentiality. There ought not to be any reporting in print or electronic of the mediation process. The top court said there was no legal infirmity in referring the dispute to mediation. Mediation will be in-camera proceedings. The panel may revert to the court registry if there are any hurdles in the process.

The court further directed that the status report of the mediation committee will have to be completed in four weeks and the mediation proceedings to be completed within 8 weeks.

Supreme Court directs panel of mediators may co-opt more members and in case of any difficulty they can inform apex court registry, reported ANI.

The dispute involves 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya where a 16th-century mosque, said to be built by Mughal emperor Babur, stood. The Hindu activists who razed it in December 1992, believe that it was built on the ruins of an ancient temple marking the birthplace of Lord Ram.