SC set up meditation panel on Ayodhya

The Supreme Court, today, set up a three-member panel for mediation in the Ayodhya title suit. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi passed the order to this effect.

Justice FM Khalifulah, the retired Supreme Court judge is the chairman of the panel.Art of Living head Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu are the other mediators on the panel. Panchu is a trained mediator. They are at liberty to induct more mediators or seek legal assistance.

Mediation will start within a week at Faizabad and state of UP has to make arrangements, the Supreme Court ruled. Mediation panel has to give its report within four weeks.

The top court directed both parties to maintain utmost confidentiality during the process of mediation, which will be held in-camera. There ought not to be any reporting in print or electronic of the mediation process.

The mediation panel will revert to the Supreme Court registry if there are any hurdles in the process of mediation. The other judges on the bench are justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer.

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