Supreme Court refers Ayodhya case for mediation

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The Ram Janmabhoomi dispute will be settled through mediation, the Supreme Court said on Friday.

The Constitution Bench referred Ayodhya case for court-appointed and monitored mediation for a “permanent solution”.

Justice Ibrahim Khalifulla will head the three-member mediation committee, of which Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will be a member and mediation expert Sriram Panchu as other members.

A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi said that the media will be barred from the mediation proceedings, which will take place in Faizabad.

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

The Constitution Bench, also comprising Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer said mediation may help in “healing relations”. Even if there is “one per cent chance” of settling the dispute amicably, the parties should go for mediation, the bench had said.

On March 6, the top Court reserved its order on the issue of referring Ram Janmabhoomi dispute case to court-appointed and monitored mediation for a “permanent solution”