It's a serious responsibility, will do my best: Sriram Panchu on Ayodhya mediation

PTI Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Mar 08, 2019, 04.53 PM(IST)

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Panchu, a senior advocate of the Madras High Court, is a pioneer in the mediation movement.

Senior advocate Sriram Panchu, named by the Supreme Court as a member of the panel to mediate the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute, on Friday said the court had given him "a serious" responsibility and he would do his best.

"It is a very serious responsibility given to me by the Honourable Supreme Court. I will do my best," he said in a brief statement.

A five-judge constitution bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, referred the politically sensitive case for mediation on Friday and appointed a three-member panel for the purpose, asking it to complete the process within eight weeks.

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Former Supreme Court judge FM Khaliifulah will be the chairman for the court-appointed mediation panel. Other members of panel of mediators include Shri Shri Ravi Shankar and Sriram Panchu.

Panchu, a senior advocate of the Madras High Court, is a pioneer in the mediation movement.

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Founder of the country's first court-annexed mediation centre -- The Mediation Chambers -- in the Madras High Court in 2005, he has authored books on mediation, including a comprehensive manual -- Mediation: Practice and Law.

Panchu has mediated a number of cases, including the one involving the boundary dispute between Assam and Nagaland.