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Supreme Court orders mediation in Ayodhya case; appoints three-member panel

A file photo of Babri Mosque. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 08, 2019, 10.45 AM (IST)

The Supreme Court on Friday appointed three mediators to help resolve the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case.

Supreme Court’s Constitution Bench referred the case for court appointed and monitored mediation for a “permanent solution”.

India's highest court said mediation should be conducted "in-camera". The court said the mediation report should be submitted in four weeks. The process will start in a week.

The court also directed the mediation proceedings to be completed within eight weeks. Supreme Court said "utmost confidentiality" should be maintained to ensure success of mediation proceedings. 

The mediation proceedings will be held in Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh.

On Wednesday, the apex court comprising of Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer, had told the parties, “We're seriously giving a chance for mediation."

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.

Supreme Court has restrained the media from reporting proceedings of mediation in the Ayodhya case.

Supreme Court directed the panel of mediators to co-opt more members and in case of any difficulty to inform the apex court registry. 

Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties - the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

On February 26, the bench had said, “We have suggested to the parties that during the interregnum a court-appointed and court-monitored mediation with utmost confidentiality could be initiated to bring a permanent solution to the issues raised in the cases.”

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Former Supreme Court judge FM Khaliifulah will be the chairman for the court-appointed mediation panel.