Ayodhya case: SC sets up 3-member mediator panel

Ayodhya case: SC sets up 3-member mediator panel

The Supreme Court set up a 3-member panel headed by former apex court judge F.M.I Kalifulla. The members of the panel are spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, senior advocate Sriram Panchu who is well-known for his mediation experience.

The mediation will commence within a week and the panel is expected to be concluded within 8 weeks, while the first status report will be submitted within 4 weeks. Apparently, the panel and the Supreme Court have decided to have "in-camera" proceedings with "utmost confidentiality."

"We therefore order accordingly, and having taken note of the names suggested by the parties, we are of the view that the following panel of mediators should be appointed to go into the dispute with liberty to the mediators to co-opt other members of the panel, if so required," it said. "Justice (retd) Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla - Chairman, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar - Member, senior advocate Sriram Panchu - Member," the apex court added.

"For the present, I can only say that if the committee has been constituted, we will take every step to resolve the dispute amicably," Kalifulla said in Chennai. The mediation process will be held in Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh.